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btate617

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I have a question for you salt water types....

I have been searching this for the last few days and have been finding different opinions. My question is if you were to seed a filter for a salt tank from a fresh water tank would it work, or would the difference of the waters interfer?
I am just curious. Thanks.


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i was wondering the same exact thing! thanks for posting it before i did are you thinking of starting a SW tank aswell?
 

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ive read a few threads here in FL about this, and as well you can do a search too but heres a good one with some reliable sw keepers
 

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From the research that I've done, a freshwater seeded filter will not seed a saltwater tank. In saltwater tanks, it's the live rock that provides most of the beneficial bacteria.

If you get lots of live rock from a "living" saltwater tank, it will cycle your tank quickly, but I used a shrimp and live rock to cycle my (used to be) FOWLR, which is now turning reef.
 

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The micro organisms that make up the tank's biological filter are different in FW and SW tanks. One cannot "seed" the other. SW filter media, however, can seed a SW tank just like in FW, this is how you would set up a quick SW QT tank.
 
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Thanks everyone. I know about the live rock, But I was thinking years ago I knew a few people who kept just fish in their salt tanks using a canister filter. So I started looking up with the different water chemistry could you seed from one to the other or not.
I wouldn't think you could but many discussions I came across on it were saying you could so I thought I would ask. And to who asked no I am not doing a salt tank, I was just curious.


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I have a question for you salt water types....

I have been searching this for the last few days and have been finding different opinions. My question is if you were to seed a filter for a salt tank from a fresh water tank would it work, or would the difference of the waters interfer?
I am just curious. Thanks.


Brian
Difference in salt level will not allow it to work.
 
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