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Setting up my new tank

Post by Nyoung87 on 29/12/2011, 15:10

Hey I just got a new tank thanks to the biffster and mrsbiffster I am just wondering how I should set it up I'm going to wait till new year I was planning on getting ally gravel and rocks and stuff sorted first then was wondering if I should use my current tank water from my other tank to start and fill it and top that up or should I start it as new and do the fishless cycle method any ideas?
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Post by MarcG on 29/12/2011, 15:20

id use some of the water but also use like a ordament or a plant etc that will have the bacteria grew on it to kick start the cycle your best option is to use some mature filter media that will hurry up the process faster nick. if you can hurry the cycle up you mase well
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Post by carpguru on 29/12/2011, 17:18

i would put another filter in the tank
you have up and running to kick
start it then seed it by squeezing
you filter sponges in to your new filter
and start your new tank with light
stocking level and loads of 20% water
changes just to keep ammonia in check
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Post by Nyoung87 on 29/12/2011, 17:37

ok sounds like a plan cheers
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Post by mrsbiffster on 30/12/2011, 02:08

I used water from my goldfish tank to kick start one of my other tanks and also a mature filter.

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Post by dandy cichlids on 30/12/2011, 16:03

If you are going to use water/filter etc from old tank you will have to add fish to create ammonia/nitrite or add ammonia for the good bacteria to feed on as if you dont the good bacteria will just die off

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Post by Nyoung87 on 30/12/2011, 16:53

so transfer everything over?
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Post by Nyoung87 on 30/12/2011, 16:54

so transfer everything over?
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Post by mrsbiffster on 1/1/2012, 02:41

No i used 30 litres of tank water then topped up with tap water. But patience is a virtue in the end of the day.
I squeezed the sponge from my fluval 3 plus into the water. Then let nature do the rest.

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Post by Nyoung87 on 1/1/2012, 02:58

So put some of my other tank water in then top it up? Hope for the best lol
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Post by mrsbiffster on 1/1/2012, 03:49

Yep that's what i did.

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Post by carpguru on 1/1/2012, 09:51

and a pinch of flake to make a touch
of ammonia
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