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Switching tanks: can I avoid cycling?

I just picked up a new tank and want to take the inhabitants (shrimp) from my old tank and place them in the new one. However, I do not have room in my small apartment to have two tanks set up at once.

Old tank: fluval edge 12g
New tank: 12g long

Can I avoid cycling the new tank? Here is my plan...

1) Put the sponge filters that I will be using in the new tank in the old established tank for a week.
2) Put all water and substrate from the old tank into the new tank. (I will also be adding new substrate due to the increased surface area).
3) Place all plants and inhabitants into the new tank (from the water change bucket).



Will this put my shrimp at risk?
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I just picked up a new tank and want to take the inhabitants (shrimp) from my old tank and place them in the new one. However, I do not have room in my small apartment to have two tanks set up at once.

Old tank: fluval edge 12g
New tank: 12g long

Can I avoid cycling the new tank? Here is my plan...

1) Put the sponge filters that I will be using in the new tank in the old established tank for a week.
2) Put all water and substrate from the old tank into the new tank. (I will also be adding new substrate due to the increased surface area).
3) Place all plants and inhabitants into the new tank (from the water change bucket).



Will this put my shrimp at risk?
It's always a risk when moving livestock around, but they should do fine with the plan you have. If the filter cartridges aren't so old they're falling apart, you could actually put the cartridges from the old tank (different brand so, if they'll fit anyway) into the new tank. Other than that you'd be doing it the same way I would.

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I do this once in a while as I feel the need to switch tanks or use different substrate. I think you may lose some beneficial bacteria as it is found all over your old tank including the glass but It will take a lot less time for these bacteria to colonize the new tank and whatever else new is added to it than starting from scratch and my fish don't seem mind at all. As for shrimp i'm not sure how fragile they are. I've never kept one.
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Why not just move the old filter over, along with the shrimp?

Whatever you do, you need to make sure you keep any bacteria you introduce into the new tank fed.
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U WILL lose beneficial bacteria & it wont take near as long 2 cycle. I have done this SEVERAL times n the past. ALL kinds of fish from Cichlids, Guppies, Tetras, Cardinals, even Discus, BUT I would NOT, NOT, NOT, do it w/out PRIME. Read what u want online & what other people tell u. I have kept fish 4 over 16 yrs, & PRIME is something I ALWAYS have n my closet. Here's what it does n a nut shell = DOES NOT kill bacteria n a NEW setup but neutralizes the harmful part of em.. So in other words, u WILL read ammonia & all that other stuff but it will NOT b harmful, AS LONG AS ITS CYCLING. After that u still have 2 do water changes filter upkeep etc etc.
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I think you're right about the filter. I will run the old one for awhile until things are settled.
I have some prime. So I guess it sounds like this will Be a smooth transition.

Thanks all!
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