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Reboot time- start fresh or carry over bacteria?

11 months 3 weeks ago #37505 by scubadiver
I would stick a sponge filter in your tank for one day. Afterwards I would move it to a bucket with clean dechlorinated water. Then completely overhall your old tank and use the sponge filter to kick start it.

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1 year 17 hours ago #37499 by Iku1
It depends when would you put fishes in. If you have them already go with first option, if don't you can do the second one (but still first would work too).
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1 year 1 day ago - 1 year 1 day ago #37496 by ho333ard
I have a 37 gallon tank that has been running for several years with a dwindling group of turq. severum. I handed off the last fish today, and am hoping to find a group of young festivum for the next epoch.
So I have a choice..... stick the biowheels and filter medium in a bucket with the old water for a few hours while I tear down and clean and set up the tank..... or take everything out of service, and start over with a "dead" tank that then has to cycle for a month?
If this were your only tank, what would you do? Thx!
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