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Old 08-08-2014, 04:30 PM   #1
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Water and cycling

I have an empty 55g waiting to be tlstarted up hopefully this weekend and I have a questioncabout water. My buddy has a big tank and is going to do a water change. My question is could I take his water change water to speed up my cycle? Or would I even need to cycle it if I took his water? Or is this a bad idea all together?

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The water is going to do nothing for you, the bacteria reside on hard surfaces in the tank (rock and sand), all adding used water will do is add any free swimming parasites from his tank to yours. Just make your own water, the other idea will have no effect on the speed of your cycle.
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Old 08-08-2014, 05:05 PM   #3
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Okay thanks. Was just a thought I had while daydreaming at work lol

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You could jack some of his sand. LOL
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Old 08-08-2014, 07:06 PM   #5
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He is giving me a bit of sand! Thats where my whole thought of the water came from lol

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Haha makes sense. You are lucky you are seeded... my science teacher (we share a love of fish) never let me use anything to seed :/
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Hes the one who convinced me to go saltwater. I have had freshwater but this will be my first in the salty side

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I have another question. Is it better to buy all my rock then to do a bit at a time? Would it affect my cycling if I were to onlg start off with a bit and slowly add more and more?

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You don't need any of the live sand to seed, it'll all go live after you cycle the tank.
In terms of the rock, you can add it slowly or all at once. If you add it slowly, make sure that there isn't anything in the rock that can die off or just cycle it in a separate container.
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I would add it all at once so it is all colonized and you can tweak it to your liking before fish are in it. The live sand does help seed though.

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