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transfering a newly cycled filter to bigger tank Question

  1. Algae Eater

    Algae Eater Well Known Member Member

    I am cycling (fishless) a MARINELAND Bio-Wheel 350 in a new 10 gallon tank and when the filter is finished cycling I plan on transfering it to a 55 gallon tank when I have that all set up. I wanted to cycle the filter as soon as I got it so that when I set up the actual tank it is meant for I wouldn't have to wait so long to add fish . But it occured to me that transfering the filter, especially to a bigger tank, might cause it to have a mini cycle. If anybody knows anything about this, or how long a mini cycle might take, please share any tips!
    Thanks! ~Chris :;f :;fb :;fg :;fr
     
  2. Lucy

    Lucy Moderator Moderator Member

    Hi Chris congrats on cycling without fish. :)
    You're right.
    It's harder to seed a larger tank from a smaller one. The colony of bacteria on the 10g filter would be small compared to what you'd need in the 55.
    However, you do have a good start.
    If it were my tank, I'd put the seeded filter in the 55, bring the ammonia up to 4-5ppm and see how long it takes to process.
    If after 12-24 hrs, your ammonia and nitrites are 0, you'll know you're cycled.
    Oh, of course, you should have nitrates for their effort. lol
     
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    Algae Eater

    Algae Eater Well Known Member Member

    Thanks for the info! ~Chris
     

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