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Question starting new tank with a cycled filtration

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I am planning on starting a new 55 gallons, I already have a eheim 2217 full cycled for over a year, Can I just cycle the water right away after I used the Seachem prime? Or how should I proceed. I donít want to kill all the good bacteria from the cycled filtration =) . Thank you

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Is the filter still in use on a tank right now? If so i believe you are good to swap it over once your tank is full. If not, the bacteria is probably dead depending on how long it's been.

I don't believe prime kills bacteria, it just changes the chemicals into less lethal form. If you want to be safe, fill your tank and wait 24hrs to swap the filter on but I think that's unnecessary.


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Actually I have the filter on a 15 gallons with fishes, I was thinking to fill up the 55 gallons and use the prime to remove the chemicals, then install the filter for maybe 1-2 hours then transfer my fishes from my 15 gallons to the 55, this should work? I was thinking on taking the water from the 15 gallons and I also have a 10 gallons tank with old water from some water changes that i did before.

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With an already cycled filter I think it should be okay but I'd still watch out for ammonia in the water for the first couple days.

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Just because all the beneficial bacteria isn't all on the filter. There is some in the substrate, plants and other decor in the tank.

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It should be fine - just keep an eye on it as Jeremy said, and don't add any new fishes for a while and when/if you do, just add a very few at a time.

No need to move any dirty old water over - there is very little beneficial bacteria in water, but usually lots of nasty bacteria.
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are you tearing down your 15 gallon?
There is some BB in the substrate, so I would maybe put the old substrate into a mesh bag and plop it into the 55 for a bit to help further seed the tank. Although so far you seem good with your plan.

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