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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-13-2020, 04:17 AM Thread Starter
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Fish survival

Can’t seem to get a good answer from my LFS. So i had to temporarily house my fish in a 15 gallon tank. It’s just water from established tank, airstone, and heater. Their are 3 angelfishes (1adult, 2 juveniles) and 4 otos. How long will they survive for like this? Im hoping i transfer them within a weeks time into my main tank.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-13-2020, 05:41 AM
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Any chance you can get a sponge or something from your established tanks filter or is it already taken down or unusable for whatever reason? If you can create a make shift sponge filter with your air stone. Gotta have something for the bacteria to grow on as there is not much in just the water. Any plants or smaller rocks or decorations you can transfer over as well?

Doubt you will get any one straight answer as its something that is not ideal and could have possible decent to bad outcomes.

Do plenty of small water changes.

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The filter is currently being used to cycle the main tank. I had to resoil and ended up using amazonia. Didn’t want the fish to automatically die during the initial ammonia leech. Filter was already established so im hoping for a quick cycle so i can transfer the fish back.
I dont really know how to do all that with the sponge. I do have extra of those white pads for the filter, is there anything i can do with that?
Fish have been in the 15gal tank for a day now and im constantly checking ammonia and nitrite. Doing WC as well.
Anything other suggestions as to keep fish alive for at least a week? I asked around about aquasoil and an established filter and most said 1-2 weeks for re- cycle to end. Would adding turbo start or those aqueon pure balls help the main tank to establish more BB quicker?
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Adding any nitrifying bacteria will help. Iíve used a few and have had success in cycling even filterless betta tanks.
Your fishes survival is dependent on you checking ammonia and doing water changes in their current tank. Itís filterless, which means itís not going to cycle by itself. An old betta trick is to add two drop of seachem prime per gallon, which detoxifies ammonia and to change the water as often as possible.

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