Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Central New York, USA
It was not clear (or I missed it) in your initial post that this tank was previously setup/established tank with fish. If you also inherited the substrate there will be significant beneficial bacteria there. I presume that the filter was also used in the previous set-up? If so, leave it running for a couple of weeks while your new canister filter becomes 'seasoned'.
Note: you should still invest in a fresh water test kit and monitor ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate levels. In time, you can just monitor nitrate levels shooting for <=20ppm. Also, since you are new to fish keeping (WELCOME!) I suggest you have a good quality conditioner (like Seachem Prime) as needed (Presumes you have chlorinated tap water) and do a weekly partial water change of 25-50%. Keeping water 'fresh' is very important to be successful. Also, is it a planted tank? Regardless, fast growing floating plants (like water sprite, hornwort, frogbit, anacharis, dare I say [er write] it...duckweed) are a huge benefit in water purification.
Tank On, Mike-
60g Marineland Community, Finnex Planted+ 24/7, Silica (pool filter) sand.
10g, 29g, & 37g fry grow out tanks, 110g stock tank.
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