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Will switching to a larger aquarium with new substrate cause problems?

My current tank is a 29 gallon, and the substrate is a mix of aquarium gravel and a small amount of flourite. I'm planning on upgrading to a 56 gallon with Caribsea Eco Complete as the new substrate. Will this switch cause ammonia spikes or "New Tank Syndrome"?
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most likely you can speed up the cycle by running the new tank first and seeding it with the old gravel and some old filter media added to the new tank,

if you plan on ditching the old gravel all together, you are most likely gonna re-cycle. even with seeding your filter with old media.


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Filling the new tank with fast growing stems and floaters will help with the spike. If you plan on adding a new filter, just run it on the 29 for a few weeks to get the bacteria jump started. Also, squeezing some mulm from the old filter under the new substrate will help out a lot.
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