New Tank with Sump, Cycling Query

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Firstly great forum guys, a wealth of info.

My question is this.... I am in the process of setting up a new 100 gallon/400 litre tank that has a 90 litre sump underneath. I am currently running a 1100 lph canister filter in another tank that houses my Oscar. If I move the canister filter (with cycled media) over to the new tank & perhaps run it in the sump underneath (thus doubling up the filtration), will this give me an immediate opportunity to move my Oscar into the new tank? Once the new sump has cycled enough I would remove the canister.
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Suprd71 replied the topic: New Tank with Sump, Cycling Query

Hello and welcome to OFL. Using a mature filter of adequate capacity will enable you to setup and have fish in the new tank within minutes of each other. You could also put some seeded media from the can into the sump, get the sump moving along. Either way, run both filters together for at least 3 months while your bacteria colony grows.


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Suprd71 wrote: Hello and welcome to OFL. Using a mature filter of adequate capacity will enable you to setup and have fish in the new tank within minutes of each other. You could also put some seeded media from the can into the sump, get the sump moving along. Either way, run both filters together for at least 3 months while your bacteria colony grows.


Thanks for the clear explanation mate, much appreciated.
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Suprd71 replied the topic: New Tank with Sump, Cycling Query

I would also suggest both filters permanent. Should 1 ever fail, you have a backup. Ideally, if you want to lose the canister, the addition of a pair of Aquaclear 110 hobs would leave the tank with superior mechanical and bio filtration


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I was going to run the canister in/out of the sump, at least during the cycling of the sump, will that be okay? Just trying to avoid hoses running everywhere outside the tank.
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The sump would have to be elevated to the same height as the tank. Most canisters I know of need a minimum height from can top to tank top for sufficient head pressure. I have a couple of 120g tanks on the floor. I cant use my preferred canister on them


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That won't work unfortunately. Maybe I'll remove the media from the canister & use that in the sump (the sump already has similar bio-balls in it).
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