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jcmason1989 replied the topic: Hello fellow Oscar lovers!

I'm so stinkin' nervous about doing this move. I don't really have the space to have the 55 and 125 running at the same time if I need to cycle the new tank but I want to do what's best for the fish. I was hoping to get them all moved over tomorrow but I want to make sure I take the right steps in doing so. It's my understanding that all of the good bacteria would be in the biowheel, sand, and decor; not free flowing in the water. Bleh. I'm rambling. Just tell me what to do. :pinch:
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Been doing some research. It looks like it's time for me to get an external / canister filter. I don't think I have a choice at this point. I have been reading that I need to be turning about 500 gallons an hour for the 125. I don't know if 3 Penguin 350s is going to work.
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jcmason1989 wrote: I'm so stinkin' nervous about doing this move. I don't really have the space to have the 55 and 125 running at the same time if I need to cycle the new tank but I want to do what's best for the fish. I was hoping to get them all moved over tomorrow but I want to make sure I take the right steps in doing so. It's my understanding that all of the good bacteria would be in the biowheel, sand, and decor; not free flowing in the water. Bleh. I'm rambling. Just tell me what to do. :pinch:

No need to panic, its all very easy. You are correct in that the bacteria is in your bio wheels. Sand , decor holds very small amounts, no biggie to lose. Keep the biowheels submerged in tank water. You have several hours to complete the transfer without worry. Remember to treat the tankful of new water with conditioner to eliminate possible chlorine.Like this.... Fill tank to the fish's normal temperature. Go back get fish and filters. Reassemble filters, plug in. Add fish.I would monitor water parameters for a week or so to ensure cycle has been preserved


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Suprd71 replied the topic: Hello fellow Oscar lovers!

jcmason1989 wrote: Been doing some research. It looks like it's time for me to get an external / canister filter. I don't think I have a choice at this point. I have been reading that I need to be turning about 500 gallons an hour for the 125. I don't know if 3 Penguin 350s is going to work.

Yes you should have a canister, along with the Penguins. Important is efficiency and bio media capacity, more so than turnover or GPH flow. My personal favorite canisters for this size tank is the API Filstar. If you want bigger, more powerful look at Fluval FX 4, FX6. There are other quality options, but dont just assume a high flow filter is better than one of lesser power.


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