10 Gallon Holding Tank

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by Jerrod Grant Robker, Apr 10, 2018.

  1. Jerrod Grant RobkerNew MemberMember

    Hey all,

    I have some aftrican mbunas that are holding and I want to set up a holding tank. Is it possible to take part of the filter from my 135g tank and 10 gallons of my tank water and use them both in the 10g to have it already cycled, or is there more to it and I'm just dreaming? TIA
  2. LorekeeperWell Known MemberMember

    Taking water over from the 135G won't help any. The filter media will though.
  3. Jerrod Grant RobkerNew MemberMember

    So how long should I wait if I'm using old, cycled filter media in a 10g tank for it to be safe for holding females and fry (2 females at a time)
  4. LorekeeperWell Known MemberMember

    In theory, you could add fish immediately. Just have to make sure you take enough from the 135 to insta-cycle the 10, but not disrupt the cycle in the 135.
  5. Jerrod Grant RobkerNew MemberMember

    The response is very much appreciated. Thank you!
  6. SnailwhispererValued MemberMember

    I often read about taking filter media. Can you do this when the filter is one carbon filter cartridge? Does putting water into a new tank which has been vacuumed off cycled gravel help? Thanks
  7. LorekeeperWell Known MemberMember

    If it's a filter cartridge, then yes it would work. But you'd need more media to stay on the cycled tank. Getting some mulm (the crap from your gravel) and adding it the new tank can help as well, but usually it's more helpful to just take some substrate from the cycled tank.
  8. SnailwhispererValued MemberMember

    Do I cut it? How do I prevent it falling apart?

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