Fish tank cycle?

angelfish

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I hope this is not a stupid question, when talking about cycling a tank, is it the water that you are cycling or is it the tank in it self. Ok the reason for the question is, what if I filled my tank with water that has been though the cycle of another fish tank? Would this help or would it be the same as tap water?
 

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Using water from a mature tank will have a small effect on cycling a new tank
Cycling takes place in the tank itself, a colony of bacteria will inhabit the substrate (sand or gravel), rocks, plants and any other decor in the tank
 

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If you moved the substrate as well as the water (and especially if you use a filter from an established tank, without thoroughly cleaning it), your tank would not be completely cycled, but it will give it a major jump start.
 

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good advice

I agree using a filter from an established tank or gravel or any plants / decor... just make sure you don't have the decor or filter out of water long enough for the bacteria to die. I also reccomend a fishless cycle
 

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No questions are stupid here. Please click on the sticky in this forum called "FishLore Articles for Beginners" to help you understand what cycling is and more about the bacteria.
 
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Just wanted to Thank all for the help. Hope my tank would cycle soon so I can put some pretty veil angelfish only in it.
 

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