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PostSubject: Cycled tank staying cycled?   Sat Jan 19, 2013 11:10 am

Hi all -

A quick question....I have a 10 gallon tank that I intended to use for a acclimation, or quarantine (hospital) tank, for new fish, or when somebody needs to be removed from the 55 or the 20. I'm considering moving the 8 Bloodfin Tetras that are in there (3 weeks home from the store) and doing very well, to my 55. The AQ calculator says I have plenty of tank capacity in the 55.

Will a cycled tank stay cycled without fish in it?

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PostSubject: Re: Cycled tank staying cycled?   Sat Jan 19, 2013 1:02 pm

I you purchase a sponge filter and run it in your established tank you can keep it cycled while you have no fish in your qt. I actually keep the qt tanks empty and run them when needed. A cycled sponge filter is all you need. Just keep it running in one of your main tanks, and remove and use it in your qt.
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PostSubject: Re: Cycled tank staying cycled?   Sat Jan 19, 2013 3:00 pm

Ok, I think I got you- my QT has an AC30 running on it, with cycled sponge media in it. There's also a light and a heater....there's some plants in the tank as well.

Can I just let it run?
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PostSubject: Re: Cycled tank staying cycled?   Sat Jan 19, 2013 3:09 pm

Yes you can let it run but you need too feed the bacteria. You need an ammonia source to keep the cycle alive. I have used flake food, pellets, and frozen shrimp in nets or mesh bags. The nets and mesh bags are for easy clean up. Keep feeding and testing the water to make sure Nitrates are present.
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PostSubject: Re: Cycled tank staying cycled?   Sat Jan 19, 2013 3:21 pm

Cool- that's what I need to know! Thanks! I was thinking that an ammonia source might need to be present to keep the cycle going.

So- get a mesh bag, put some frozen shrimp in it, and put it in the tank; keeping an eye that NO3 still there. Eh?

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PostSubject: Re: Cycled tank staying cycled?   Sat Jan 19, 2013 3:25 pm

DL Lawrence wrote:
Cool- that's what I need to know! Thanks! I was thinking that an ammonia source might need to be present to keep the cycle going.

So- get a mesh bag, put some frozen shrimp in it, and put it in the tank; keeping an eye that NO3 still there. Eh?

Thanks for the help!
No problem.
That is what you need to do. The food will get fuzzy looking in the bags. This is normal, it is breaking down in the tank. Just remove it when it looks really bad and replace. The Beneficial bacteria needs only a few things to stay alive. Water, Oxygen, and Ammonia.
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