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    I have a 50 gallon well established tank that has never had any sickness in it as far as I can remember. The tank has two HOB filters on it, I am setting up a new 29 gallon tank and I am thinking of putting the new filter on the old tank and the old filter (still in use) on the new tank to get things moving as far as cycling the tank. Does anyone feel this is worth the effort and is there going to be a problem on account of me adding ammonia to the new tank and running the filter before thinking of this? I don't want to have any mini cycle going on in the 50.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koldham View Post
    I have a 50 gallon well established tank that has never had any sickness in it as far as I can remember. The tank has two HOB filters on it, I am setting up a new 29 gallon tank and I am thinking of putting the new filter on the old tank and the old filter (still in use) on the new tank to get things moving as far as cycling the tank. Does anyone feel this is worth the effort and is there going to be a problem on account of me adding ammonia to the new tank and running the filter before thinking of this? I don't want to have any mini cycle going on in the 50.
    I would do the move on my day off, so that you can test the old tank every 3-4 hours for any sign of ammonia. You could always move the old filter back if you have an issue.

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    I should rinse the new filter that I ran the ammonia threw yes? I have a second filter on the 50 as well as a power head full of bio-beads so it might be fine without the filter at all but I like to have extra. Just in case one quits on me.

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    you can rinse in old tank water

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    Thanks, maybe I will do that so I can get this show started! :)

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    How heavily is the 50G stocked?...you are moving the old filter and ALL of it's media to the new tank?
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    How heavily is the 50G stocked?...you are moving the old filter and ALL of it's media to the new tank?
    He has 2 filters, of which he is moving one filter.

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    How heavily is the 50G stocked?...you are moving the old filter and ALL of it's media to the new tank?
    It has some baby BN, 2 Columbia Tetras and 1 Rosey Barb. It has two HOB filters, and a power head with Bio-beads in it. So I am not really taking all that much by moving one of the filters but, I was concerned about putting the new one on having already run it with all the ammonia in the new tank.

    I also have a lot of rocks, a few plants and gravel substrate.
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    I would rinse it well in Prime treated water before moving it over.

    You are going to lose some BB in the original tank when you do this, be sure to monitor params for several days afterward
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    Would it be better to just take a couple of the rocks out or a handful of the gravel?

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