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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-27-2017, 03:26 PM Thread Starter
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Koi pond water for start up tank

So idk if this is weird question but we have a koi pond at home. Would it have benefits to flood my dsm tank with some of this water. Does it have any benefits with bacteria because the pond is matured?

We also have a turtle tank would do this any good?

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The chance there's enough ammonia and nitrites, nitrates is questionable, since it's still early in the year, plus the off chance you might bring in some bad actor bug larvae that could eat your fish. It's up to what the water parameters are I'd get a liter sample of the pond water and run some tests for ammonia and other compounds. I also kind of doubt that the bacteria out in the pond would be optimum for tropical water temperatures.
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I would skip it. Most of the bacteria in your tank will not be suspended in the water and you could easily bring in more headaches than it is worth. A fishless cycle with ammonia is easy and effective.


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