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Seed my filter from freshwater tank for fishless cycling?
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frosstman
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PostPosted: 2003.08.03(Sun)16:51    Post subject: Seed my filter from freshwater tank for fishless cycling? Reply with quote

Hi, I currently have a fully-cycled, aged 40 gallon freshwater tank. I just set up a 40 gallon marine tank and will fishless cycle it. I cycled my 5 gallon fw tank in my office in less than a week using some water, gravel and filter medium from my cycled tank. Can I use some filter medium or water from the fw tank to speed along the sw tank or are the beneficial bacteria different? Thanks.
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Waffleman
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PostPosted: 2003.08.08(Fri)20:07    Post subject: seeding your filter Reply with quote

Just like the fish, the bacteria are totally different from fresh to salt water.

All the bacteria would die and then the filter will start growing new bacteria.
To expedite your cycle, do a fishless cycle using ammonia and live rock.
You have your tank cycled in a matter of weeks.

HTH
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karlas
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PostPosted: 2003.08.12(Tue)9:35    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would say do the fishless cycle but personally I don't like the idea of using ammonia directly in the tank but thats just my opinion. Another way of doing this is get some peel and eat shrimp from the grocery store and throw 2 or 3 in the tank and let it go. This will kick start the cycle for you.

Buy yes the bacteria is different and fw would not survive in salt and vice versa.
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