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  1. Default "Instant Cycling" question


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    I am thinking of placing my order for 30 Cardinal Tetras for my 72g planted project. I have plenty of media in my 55g I have tons of bio media in the rena xp3 as well as a bag of bio media in the AC 70. If Can I just steal the bag from the AC70 and place it in the sump of the 72 just hours prior to the stocking and consider it cycled? Or are there other steps I should take?

    My initial thought is that it should be ok but I am looking for a confirmation on that.
    Last edited by mrramsey; 03-25-2013 at 03:02 PM.
    Mike
    120g Mixed Reef In Progress
    120g Reef Journal
    55g Freshwater - Out of Service
    My 55g Tank Remodel Project
    72g Bowfront -Out of Service

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    I'd say give it a shot. 30 juvenile tetras won't instantly overload the system. Just keep a close eye on your water values for the first 10 days or so.

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    Thanks talldutchie... That was what I was thinking. The local store has a sale 50% off tropicals and will order them in for me for $2.49 each. Cheaper than I can find them online anywhere.
    Mike
    120g Mixed Reef In Progress
    120g Reef Journal
    55g Freshwater - Out of Service
    My 55g Tank Remodel Project
    72g Bowfront -Out of Service

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    I don't think you need to do it prior to setting it up.

    Just buy the fish, float them in your other tank to keep bag water warm.
    set up your other tank (fill with proper temp and dechlorinated water, get filters set up) then add the fish.

    presto, you have a cycled tank.

    monitor the levels for the next week or two to ensure nothing funky happens. but that is what I did when I moved tanks and everything went swell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mizzoutank View Post
    I don't think you need to do it prior to setting it up.

    Just buy the fish, float them in your other tank to keep bag water warm.
    set up your other tank (fill with proper temp and dechlorinated water, get filters set up) then add the fish.

    presto, you have a cycled tank.

    monitor the levels for the next week or two to ensure nothing funky happens. but that is what I did when I moved tanks and everything went swell.
    Oh the new tank is ready to go... Water is at the proper temp etc... Just missing the cycle

    Mike
    120g Mixed Reef In Progress
    120g Reef Journal
    55g Freshwater - Out of Service
    My 55g Tank Remodel Project
    72g Bowfront -Out of Service

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    If you have a couple days and there are no other fish in the tank, move the filter media and add a tiny bit of ammonia, maybe 1ppm. Better safe than sorry and if you have order/shipping time there is no reason not to check to be sure.
    When I go fishing I just place a sharp rock in the water and sit there waiting for all the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
    Brutal honesty will be shown on this screen.
    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
    Tolerance is a great thing to have, so is the ability to shut up.

    I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you.


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    Don't fall into the trap of thinking you can build the bacteria colony up to the point that you can add your entire stock at once. Even if the bacteria can handle it, it's important to not stock too quickly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaysee View Post
    Don't fall into the trap of thinking you can build the bacteria colony up to the point that you can add your entire stock at once. Even if the bacteria can handle it, it's important to not stock too quickly.
    The initial stock will be the 30 tetras. The second stocking a few weeks later. The cories and ottos in 6 months or so.
    Mike
    120g Mixed Reef In Progress
    120g Reef Journal
    55g Freshwater - Out of Service
    My 55g Tank Remodel Project
    72g Bowfront -Out of Service

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