Using media/plants to help cycle new tanks
Posted 22 March 2012 - 12:00 AM
We currently have a 15g with ELB in it. There is java moss, java fern, anubias and anachris. In addition, we have driftwood and and a lava rock cave set in the substrate.
We have been offered a free 30g set up...stand, tank, heater, filter, lights...an offer I can't pass up. I was wondering...I know using a filter from an established tank will instantly cycle a new tank, but what about using just plants and decor from an established tank? Will the new decor I have to add to the established tank crash the cycled tank or will it be okay as long as I leave the filter? Will the plants and decor alone be enough to instantly cycle a new tank? Or...should I stuff an extra sponge in my established filter for a week and let beneficial bacteria settle in that and use that to cycle the new tank? Of course if these are all bad ideas...please please let me know so I don't make mistakes.
Posted 23 March 2012 - 03:02 AM
I set up tanks and put fish in them the next day. I use some tank water from other tanks, plants and light stocking at first. The other thing I do is a large water change after 2-4 days. Remember, most of my tanks are species tanks and I usually am only putting a pair or small group of fish in it and then as they breed the tank fills up with more fish.
Setting up a planted tank and then putting a bunch of Najas grass into the tank will effectively cycle the tank. Najas grass grows very fast and can eliminate the need to cycle a tank. Once the other plants have established themselves, after a couple weeks, you can remove all or part of the Najas grass. (You will probably need to at that point anyway so that it doesn’t completely take over the tank.)
You can also read Diane Walstad’s book “Ecology of the planted tank.” This is a great book if you would like to do low tech planted tanks she is the king.
I hope this helps.
Posted 25 March 2012 - 01:56 AM
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Note: this tank is lightly planted when it comes to relying on it to remove nitrogen. It needs to be cycled to really work.
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Why not simply split the media between the existing and new tank filters, or you could keep the new filter wet while you move it so that it stays cycled. You can steal about 1/3 of the media from a mature filter nad usuaslly have no problem in the old tank.v That will give you a nice start to cycling the new tank and may permit you to stock with a few fish.
Posted 25 March 2012 - 06:12 AM
Posted 27 March 2012 - 02:33 AM
I had 21 fry from my five females but I am down to about 14. Is that "normal"? I have read conflicting information about whether or not the endler females eat the fry. The fry are only three days old...would they be better off in the male tank?
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