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longhorn63
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PostPosted: 2004.11.15(Mon)23:50    Post subject: Cycle jumpstart? Reply with quote

I should be getting my Eclipse 6 delvered tomorrow, and I was wondering about cycling it. I have an established, healthy 20 gallon, could I just take 6 gallons out of that tank (baisically do a water change on the 20 but use the water for my new aquarium), and really jumpstart the cycle, and add fish a lot sooner? I know the filter needs to establish a benificial bacteria colony, will this accelerate the process?
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Darkblade48
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PostPosted: 2004.11.16(Tue)0:10    Post subject: Reply with quote

Definitely, especially if you pick up some mulm too.
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nino
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PostPosted: 2004.11.16(Tue)8:14    Post subject: Reply with quote

Remember to put some ammonia in to start the cycle. Just getting water from old tank will not start the cycle.
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Syno
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PostPosted: 2004.11.16(Tue)9:08    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've done this many times before and it seems to work fine.
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ccreyeder
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PostPosted: 2004.11.18(Thu)23:43    Post subject: Reply with quote

What kind of filter / filtration system do you have? Mine has a bio-wheel and what I did was trade out the new one that came with it for one just loaded with bacteria from one of the tanks at the fish store and added fish right away and never had any problems. Well, until my neons started disapearing, but that is another thread. Good luck!
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swampcat
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PostPosted: 2004.11.19(Fri)19:54    Post subject: Reply with quote

Use the filter material from existing tank, foam ,carbon ect..
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