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Old 06-13-2012, 05:09 PM   #1
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Cycling new tank

If I'm going to use an established filter with media to start a new tank, how long should it take to cycle?
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Are you using water from the same tank the filter media came from to start the new
Tank?
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Are you using water from the same tank the filter media came from to start the new
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I could. If so how long?
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I could. If so how long?
If so not long, I did it in my pond and ammonia was way of the charts. Then I seeded it and the next morning it was perfect


As long as you have a really good bacteria buildup in your tank or filter and transfer it over and stock fish the same day you may have what is called a mini cycle or maybe not it all depends on how much bacteria you put in. Soo to answer your question and to be safe a day or two or maybe 0.
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If so not long, I did it in my pond and ammonia was way of the charts. Then I seeded it and the next morning it was perfect

As long as you have a really good bacteria buildup in your tank or filter and transfer it over and stock fish the same day you may have what is called a mini cycle or maybe not it all depends on how much bacteria you put in. Soo to answer your question and to be safe a day or two or maybe 0.
Would you recommend using a seeded filter, some tank water and maybe one of my syno cats then? The reason I ask is because I might have an opportunity to acquire some neolamprologus brevis friday and will be assembling the tank tomorrow morning.
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Just do a water change and clean your sand bed or gravel and put it in the new tank then put your old filter pads in the new filter then add your fish. If you have anything its going to be a very low amount of ammonia buildup. So yes put fish in the tank till you get the others. The bacteria needs something to feed on or it will die and do you no good.

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