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Quarantine Tank Cycling
RE: Keeping Quarantine Tank Filter Media in a Planted Tank
George Booth wrote:
"Thanks to all for the "rapid cycling" hints but that won't work in our case.
we buy new fish, it's usually on the spur of the moment and 4 days or two
weeks cycling time won't help. Also we only have three large tanks set up
and all use trickle filters; we have no cycled sponges available and don't
plan on adding sponge filters to these tanks."
I keep some glass flattened marbles and a crystal "rock" on the substrate,
and transfer those over to the new tank for a while, as needed, bringing
their bacteria with them. I also add a good dose of bacteria via "Cycle"
and "Waste Control" daily, with a bit extra every time I change any water. It
seems to reduce the problems, although it still takes a week to two weeks
to get the new tank cycling properly with ammonia and then nitrate levels
dropping. I also include snails and fish from day one. But most of all,
plants help heaps - floating or fast growing ones in particular.
Susi Barber, Vancouver, Canada