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Old 03-04-2011, 04:24 PM   #11
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With new substrate you'll still need to go through a mini-cycle.
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Old 03-04-2011, 04:30 PM   #12
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How mini? I was gonna add the new sand an let it run for like a week or so still testing the water .
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Old 03-04-2011, 04:34 PM   #13
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Depends -- If you have a nice big healthy colony in your filter media and keep it fed with pure ammonia it could be as fast as a week or it could take a few weeks. Test it daily and keep an eye on it.
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Old 03-04-2011, 04:35 PM   #14
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Fishless Cycling For Dummies

wouldn't hurt to re-read the fishless cycling sticky!
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Old 03-04-2011, 04:51 PM   #15
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Yeah there would be a mini cycle but he isn't going to set up the new tank, move over the filters and let it sit for a week with everything in the old tank and no filter. If it were me, I'd move everything over (except the sand) and then just carefully watch the parameters so if they get anything too bad do a PWC. Honestly though, the vast majority of the beneficial bacteria is on the filter media (yes there is some on the glass and sand) so I think everything will go smoothly.

Oh, do you have live rock as well? That would further minimize any mini cycles.
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Old 03-04-2011, 04:58 PM   #16
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Yea i have 35 lbs lr and yes im jus moveing the filter over i have had it running for like 4 months
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You let it cycle until it's done. You need to do research on cycling a tank. Your ammonia and nitrItes need to be at a consistent zero, and your nitrAtes below twenty. It normally takes from four weeks to more. There is no definite cycle time, each tank is different. Do your research on this. There's even a thread on here called Cycling For Dummies that is well written. That should help you.

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Yes, but in a post after that I said how I had missed the changing over part somehow. I corrected myself, so you don't need to do it again.

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Old 03-05-2011, 11:43 AM   #19
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Yea i had read it thank you also for the advise im in the process of re staining the stand rt now the tank is clean i should b doing the move by monday
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