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Ramrebel 09-12-2007 03:59 PM

Newish tank
I've moved and started up my old tank. Filled it with water and let the old filter run.

I took my water sample to the LFS. They told me my ammonnia and nitrites (nitrates) were really high and I should start over completely.

I emptied the tank and am about to clean everything in it (with water only). I was thinking of using water from my betta tank to start the cycle. It's going to be an African Ciclid tank.

any thoughts? will betta water work? am I doing anything wrong?

rich311k 09-12-2007 04:02 PM

Water will not really help much. It doesnt contain much in the way of bacteria. You need to get your hands on some seeded media.

Ramrebel 09-12-2007 04:11 PM

what is seeded meida?

rich311k 09-12-2007 04:24 PM

A sponge or such from a filter on a cycled tank.

Ramrebel 09-12-2007 04:28 PM

there's a sponge in my filter of the betta tank
would that work?

theotheragentm 09-12-2007 06:26 PM

If you squeeze out the sponge over your other filter's sponge, some of the bacteria will transfer. If you can tear off a piece of the sponge and cram it in with the new filter, that works even better.

boojumsnark25 09-12-2007 10:20 PM

You can also get something from your LFS, unless they are the type that love selling every medication in the world insteand of solving the problem.

It's at least worht a shot.

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