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Max B.
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Would it be beneficial?
« on: July 23, 2010, 06:58:54 AM »

Greetings,

I have set up on Tuesday a 10G Tank. No cycle yet. A friend of mine who has 2 fish-tanks offered me a bottle of his tank water from a freshwater tank with 3 piranhas. He said that it would help my aquarium to mature quicker. Now I wonder if this water is really beneficial. I have read an opinion that the good bacteria resides more in gravel substrate, walls, plants and filter. So what would you advise - pour the bottle into the tank or into the kitchen sink.

Sorry to be such an ignoramus...
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Re: Would it be beneficial?
« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2010, 09:08:07 AM »

it might help a little bit but not much most of the goodness like u siad is in the filter if u got some of his carbon or filter floss thatwould speed things up more
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Re: Would it be beneficial?
« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2010, 09:22:14 AM »

Thank you creamkiller.
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Hanna
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Re: Would it be beneficial?
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2010, 04:10:40 PM »

I'd be afraid that you might get some sort of cross infection ( especialy if it is another species of fish ) I'd be scared of this We do have 2 tanks, ant acording to this, 2 sgravel siphons, 2 jugs, two nets, etc...

So I'd buy a bottle of "Stability" from Seachem. It is beneficial bacteria. It prevents "New Tank Syndrome". Also add a little fish food into your tank.  Wink

And it is true what creamkiller said. The beneficial bacteria live in the filter and filtermedia, not that much in the water.
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Max B.
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Re: Would it be beneficial?
« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2010, 08:49:41 PM »

ok Hanna, I am not adding anything into my aquarium (at least just water as I do not want to contaminate eventually my tank).
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Re: Would it be beneficial?
« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2010, 09:21:45 PM »

No worries, Max,
this is just my personal opinion and how I truely feel about it  Wink
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Re: Would it be beneficial?
« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2010, 04:10:05 AM »

It'd help, that's for sure Grin
Because in the water, there would be nitrogens, and these are what start the cycle Smiley So using the water in the bottle WILL encourage the cycling process. And there's no danger in it if he hasn't had any recent disease outbreaks in his tank.
If there are parasites in the water, they would also die in a few weeks while your tank is cycling as there are no hosts for them to attach to. If you're worried about parasites you could raise the temp a bit in the tank! That would make the cycling faster as well, but avoid salt since that slows the beneficial bacteria down.

So I'd say, go for it! Grin
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Re: Would it be beneficial?
« Reply #7 on: July 24, 2010, 08:23:26 AM »

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It'd help, that's for sure Grin
Because in the water, there would be nitrogens, and these are what start the cycle Smiley So using the water in the bottle WILL encourage the cycling process. And there's no danger in it if he hasn't had any recent disease outbreaks in his tank.
If there are parasites in the water, they would also die in a few weeks while your tank is cycling as there are no hosts for them to attach to. If you're worried about parasites you could raise the temp a bit in the tank! That would make the cycling faster as well, but avoid salt since that slows the beneficial bacteria down.

So I'd say, go for it! Grin

Ok, then I will proceed in this direction. By the way you replied to another question - about the salt. Do you suggest to add salt after the cycle? Thank you very much!
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Re: Would it be beneficial?
« Reply #8 on: July 25, 2010, 04:50:31 AM »

What are you going to keep in the tank? And why would you add the salt?

Anyway, if you'll have some freshwater fish, you don't really have to put any salt there until you may need to treat some minor fungal or parasitic infections. But if you want to, you could add a weaker dose when you introduce your fish or when you suspect that they are in a weaker condition, since salt helps the gill function and decreases the osmotic pressure on the fish Smiley
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Re: Would it be beneficial?
« Reply #9 on: July 28, 2010, 04:44:09 PM »

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What are you going to keep in the tank? And why would you add the salt?

Anyway, if you'll have some freshwater fish, you don't really have to put any salt there until you may need to treat some minor fungal or parasitic infections. But if you want to, you could add a weaker dose when you introduce your fish or when you suspect that they are in a weaker condition, since salt helps the gill function and decreases the osmotic pressure on the fish Smiley

That's precisely what I want to do, just a bit of help to a newly added fish into my tank. I added a tablespoon of salt (just salt, no iodine or anything else) As for fish I intend to start with a common fish (just one, no more).
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Re: Would it be beneficial?
« Reply #10 on: July 31, 2010, 11:05:36 AM »

Okay Smiley Well, a 10 gallon is still a bit small for a common goldfish, since they are fast and need room to swim! Same with comets and shubunkins, I'd say they'd do better in a 20 gallon for one.
But you could consider some egg-shaped variety! But a smaller one, such as a fantail, a pom pom or... maybe a telescope goldfish Smiley
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