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Old 06-09-2006, 08:47 PM   #1
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How long does it take for bacteria to grow?

I just set up a 75 gallon that I bought. The tank came with a canister filter. I moved the fish from my 55 gallon into my 75 gallon tank. I move the power filter onto the 75 gallon as I want to use it to cycle the canister. How long until I can pull the powerfilter off and leave just the canister? How long will it take for the bacteria I need to grow on the media in the canister?
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I would run both filters for about a month. That should enough time for the new colonies to establish.
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In the meantime keep an eye on your parameters, to make sure the levels remain acceptable and do necessary water changes.Good luck with the new tank.
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A month sounds about right.
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In the past in order to speed up the process of bacteria growth I have placed about a gallon (3.78 Liters) into the new tank to give it a good start on bacteria. Using your filter will do the same thing only it may take a little longer.
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Water does not hold bacteria like a filter does. A tank can not be cycled just by adding old water.
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