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How to get and apply mulm ???

I have a 2 year old established high tech tank with C02 etc and I just received a free 50 gallon tank all set up with fish but it only has plan gravel in it and I can't afford to go out a buy some Flourite etc right now. The tank was real dirty so I had to do a real good cleaning.
I'm going to make this a low tech tank, non C02.
The problem is that now after I cleaned it, the ammonia went up to 1.0 and I want to add some mulm to help reseed it.
Question is, What is the best way to get some mulm from my high tech established tank? and, What is the best way to add it to the new tank?


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Should I turn off the HOB filters before adding the mulm to the new tank while it settles?

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You can use the gravel cleaning attachment to your water change tubing to suck mulm out of the gravel.

I would keep the filters running. You want the mulm to get into the filters and help establish a foothold of beneficial bacteria in there.
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Do a deep gravel vacuum on the established tank
into a 5g bucket and just pour it into the new
tank, two 5gal buckets of mulmy water should fix
you right up, will look yucky for a short time but
thats okay. it will sort itself out real fast.

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Thanks guys.
After I have been doing this for just over 2 years, one would think that I should have known this. But I have only had 1 tank running. Now I have 2.
Oh well, never to old to learn.

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So If I am reading this correctly, it's the gunk, not the gravel itself that is needed to place in the new tank?

I was worried that I had to take most of the old gravel out of my established tank to start up my new one.


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You can use either, but mulm is easier. Yes, it's the "gunk." I personally mix it with some peat and lay a thin layer underneath my plant substrate when starting up a new tank, plus transfer over some established media from an old tank filter. You can also take the new filter's media and leave it in an established tank for a week or two if that's easier.





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