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    I'm considering upgrading from a 55g to a 75g. I'd be using everything from the 55g, fish, plants, filters and all (except I might use new sand to cap). I wouldn't be too worried about switching over, but if I go through with it I'm going to make the 75g a dirted tank. The soil will leak ammonia, so I was concerned it would be too much for my filters to handle along with the fish if I moved them immediately. I have 8 rainbow fish in the 55g, and my filters are two Eheim canisters, 2215 and 2217 but I might age another 2217 and ditch the 2215. What do you all think? Would it be safe to move them over?

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    If the dirted tank will have ammonia spikes, then no, do not move them over right away. Set up the 75g as a dirted tank and get your new 2217 for the 75g. Exchange 25% of the media from the old 2217 and with 25% new media from the new 2217, and do a fishless cycle. Add the fish and old filters to the 75g once it is fully cycled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocksor View Post
    If the dirted tank will have ammonia spikes, then no, do not move them over right away. Set up the 75g as a dirted tank and get your new 2217 for the 75g. Exchange 25% of the media from the old 2217 and with 25% new media from the new 2217, and do a fishless cycle. Add the fish and old filters to the 75g once it is fully cycled.
    Yeah I was worried the ammonia from the dirt would be too much for an "instant cycle" by just moving over the filters. Thanks! Could I age the 2217 on the 55g for a while then move it over to the 75g for a fishless cycle?

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