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Tips on adding filter media from an established aquarium to a new aquarium?

Asked by Mama_Cakes (9289 points ) December 8th, 2013

I’ve had a 30 gallon freshwater up and running for three months now. I’d like to start a 12 gallon and was thinking of using some filter media from my 30 to get ‘er jump started. I have an Aquaclear 70 for my 30, and the 12 gallon comes with a smaller Aquaclear filter. Could I take the sponge out my 30 (with beneficial bacteria in tow), cut it, and put it in my 12?

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El_Cadejo's avatar

Absolutely. If your water is clean enough in the 30 you can even take around 5 gallons out and put that into filling the 12.

Mama_Cakes's avatar

Always helpful. Thank-you!

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Nice Santa @Mama_Cakes
Beneficial bacteria will cut down the start-up time.

El_Cadejo's avatar

@Mama_Cakes You’re very welcome. Good to see ya back. How’s the tank doing?

Mama_Cakes's avatar

It’s doing great. I have a pair of angels (getting big!), four albino cory cats, and a school of Harlequin Rasbora. No problems, so far. :)

I’ve been reading up on planted tanks and have ordered a Coralife Aqualight T5. Going to get into Baby Tears, Lugwidia, lava rock and all that jazz.

Mama_Cakes's avatar

Thinking about adding a Golden Ram.

El_Cadejo's avatar

@Mama_Cakes Awesome, glad to hear it’s doing good. I like Golden Ram’s but I’ve always been more a fan of German Ram’s myself. Such beautiful coloring.

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