Is there a way to cycle a tank quicker?

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Im about to set up a 90 gallon tank and was just looking for some help on how to cycle it properly. I don't want to put the life of my prized wild caught oscar in danger.
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DRACO replied the topic: Is there a way to cycle a tank quicker?

is 90 gal an upgrade? meaning you have an existing tank where the prized fish stay? if it does, you can switch the tank immediately, just transfer the existing filter to the new tank..

caution: make sure you use age water in the new tank and meet the temp near or similar to the existing tank.
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Rocksor replied the topic: Is there a way to cycle a tank quicker?

If your oscar is in a cycled tank now, move all the filters from that tank into the new tank or move all the media from the old filters on the old tank into the new filters on the 90g, and the tank will be instantly cycled.

You do not have to age the water. Just bring the tank temperature plus or minus 2 degrees of the original tank, and the amount of time to bring it up to temp will take long enough to stabilize the PH.
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The oscar is being held at my local fish store. I bought a used tank and i had to clean the filter because it was really dirty and covered in build up. I have a fully cycled 36 gallon with some Cryptoheros nanoluteus. Could I tank out the filter cartridge in that tank to help cycle the 90?
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Rocksor replied the topic: Is there a way to cycle a tank quicker?

Yes you can take some of the media.

However, that does not give you an instant cycle. You will need to use a liquid test kit, and test for ammonia and nitrites everyday. If either one gets to 0.5ppm, you need to do a 50% water change on the 90g. The one generally used is API Freshwater Master Test Kit. Sera makes a decent one too.

You also need to test the 36g everyday since you will end up removing some of the bacteria colony. Do not let ammonia or nitrites get above 0.5ppm. If it does, it will require a 50% water change.

Use Seachem Prime as a water conditioner. It will protect against ammonia and nitrite poisoning for 24-38 hours.
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gorilla204 replied the topic: Is there a way to cycle a tank quicker?

how long do you think it will take to cycle?
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Rocksor replied the topic: Is there a way to cycle a tank quicker?

It depends on how much bacteria transfers over, how much ammonia is produced by the fish, temperature, and PH.

You will need to test your tap water for ammonia, nitrites, nitrates, and PH (test ph after sitting in a cup for 24 hours). This will be the baseline for your tank water.

The last bottle of the nitrate test must be shaken very vigorously for 2 minutes.
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gorilla204 replied the topic: Is there a way to cycle a tank quicker?

could I also use some existing water from my 36 gallon?
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OFL replied the topic: Is there a way to cycle a tank quicker?

Unfortunately you won't gain any advantage by transferring existing water. The beneficial bacteria that keep your aquarium free from toxins live on surfaces, they are not free swimming bacteria. So that's why it's a good idea to use existing media from a filtration system that is already established.

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gorilla204 replied the topic: Is there a way to cycle a tank quicker?

ok thanks guys, this forum has really helped me. thanks :)
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