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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.
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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.
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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

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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 throw sharp rocks in the water and wait for the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
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    Quote Originally Posted by mommy1 View Post
    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.
    That is what I was trying to get at. lol
    if set up early, you'll need some way to feed the BB to keep it alive while the fish are en-route.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mommy1 View Post
    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.
    Ah ok I follow you. Yes the fish will be ordered this friday and received next friday. So I do have a bit of time, perhaps I will put it in next tuesday or wednesday.
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    That would be the route to go. If I were doing it I'd set it up next Monday or Tuesday to allow time to make sure its cycled but I like to be overly cautious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrramsey View Post
    Ah ok I follow you. Yes the fish will be ordered this friday and received next friday. So I do have a bit of time, perhaps I will put it in next tuesday or wednesday.
    You can always add the media and then dose with ammonia to build up the bacteria colony while you wait for the fish.

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