new tank set up

  1. wilfie Initiate Member

    ??? ???

    If I want to set up a new tank
    can I take a few gallons of tank water during a water change from one tank
    and add it to the NEW water in my new tank
    to start the CYCLE???????

    :-\ :-\
     
  2. 0morrokh Fishlore VIP Member

    Tank water does not contain very much of the bacteria.  The majority of it is on filter media and tank surfaces.  Adding some filter media to a new tank may speed up the cycle, although beware of transmitting disease, but used water won't help much.  More about cycling: https://www.fishlore.com/NitrogenCycle.htm
     

  3. EmpPleco Well Known Member Member

    You could maybe take some gravel from your established tank and put it in a pouch (maybe nylons of some sort) and place it on top of your new gravel.. It won't do much, but it will bring over some of the established bacteria from your old tank. The filter media is the best idea though, but then you got to think about possibly restarting a cycle in your old tank?
     

  4. wilfie Initiate Member

    I HAVE TWO FILTERS ON MY ESTABLISHED TANK

    So maybe I'll
    take one complete old filter from that tank
    to the new tank and put a new filter on the established tank
    that should get things going YES ??

    does this sound sensible ?????

    Thanx for you suggestions
     

  5. EmpPleco Well Known Member Member

    YES THAT SOUNDS GOOD
     
  6. Gunnie Well Known Member Member

    Wilfie,
    That would be the best way to do it.