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Filters & Fish

Postby FishOutOfWater » Sun Nov 11, 2012 1:12 am

Hi Everyone

I'm new to The Tropical Tank site and I'm seeking any positive advice you have to offer.

I have recently set up my 125l (36"x12"x18") tropical tank (following it being used for cold water). I'm currently using a Fluval 3+ for filtration and have 6 platies (2M:4F) whilst the tank goes through the nitrite/nitrate cycle, however, I have recently been treated (from my lovely wife) to a Eheim biopower 240 filter, to cope with my planned selection of fish and the amount of waste they will produce. When I install my new filter will I have to begin my go through the nitrite/nitrate cycle again or is there a way to avoid this.

My planned community fish tank:
6 platies (2M:4F)
6 Five Banded Barbs (not sure M:F ratio)
5 Drawf Corys (Again uncertain M:F ratio)
8 Cardial Tetras
2 Dwarf Rainbow Gouramis

I have planned to introduce these over a 12 mth period.

All help, advice, suggestions, and support will be gratefully received.

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Re: Filters & Fish

Postby englishmx » Sun Nov 11, 2012 1:19 am

FishOutOfWater wrote:When I install my new filter will I have to begin my go through the nitrite/nitrate cycle again or is there a way to avoid this.


Hi Neil, In a word no, run both filters together, your new filter will establish & colonise from your existing filter, after about 3/4 weeks you can then whip the Fluval out :)
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Re: Filters & Fish

Postby FishOutOfWater » Sun Nov 11, 2012 1:24 am

Hi Mike

Thanks for the advice and quick response.

Regards

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Re: Filters & Fish

Postby SparkyST » Sun Nov 11, 2012 7:41 pm

englishmx wrote:
FishOutOfWater wrote:When I install my new filter will I have to begin my go through the nitrite/nitrate cycle again or is there a way to avoid this.


Hi Neil, In a word no, run both filters together, your new filter will establish & colonise from your existing filter, after about 3/4 weeks you can then whip the Fluval out :)


I have done this twice now with no problems at all.
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Re: Filters & Fish

Postby FishOutOfWater » Sun Nov 11, 2012 8:56 pm

Hi SparkyST

Thanks for your reaffirming comment

Regards
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Re: Filters & Fish

Postby SparkyST » Sun Nov 11, 2012 9:34 pm

FishOutOfWater wrote:Hi SparkyST

Thanks for your reaffirming comment

Regards
Neil


Your welcome. Just make sure you keep both running for at least 3 weeks and don't clean the filter media until the flow starts to drop.
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