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Old 03-10-2005, 04:45 AM   #1
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Tank Cycling

I am about to start a second salt water tank for my wife she wants a cowfish. I was wondering if i can use my extra filter from my other tank and skip the cycling process. The filter has been running on the other tank which is a well stocked reef tank and it has all the filter media. And it only purpose is to add a bit of extra water flow. So please let me know if using this filter will help me skip the cycling process

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Old 03-10-2005, 01:12 PM   #2
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I wouldn't skip the cycling process. I believe cowfish are pretty messy (high waste) I would definately cycle the tank. If you use some of the water from your existing tank this should help speed the cycle but I would not skip it. You are asking for trouble if you do (with any kind of fish) IMHO. Hope this helps.

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Old 03-10-2005, 01:21 PM   #3
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The use of an established filter will aid in completing a cycle, but remember that the cycle adjusts each time the load on it is increased. Also, remember that a cycle has to be maintained - an ammonia source needs to be present to sustain it. I've read about people putting an established filter into a tank with no fish or other inhabitanta for extended periods - not good for the bacteria which depend on ammonia and nitrates as sources!!
30 gal standard 55 lbs LR, 60 lb live sand, 10 gal sump/refugium. Urchin skimmer, mag7 pump, 3 x 96W PC combination 10,000K/actinic bulb, 2 blue LED moonlights
SG 1.024, temp 79.5, pH 8.4

Livestock I added:

1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

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