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Will my tank re-cycle?

I have a cichlid tank that I would like to make a planted tank. If I emply the tank and gravel and start over with eco, 1/2 of the old water and the same filter, will my tank cycle again? I will need to put the fish right back into the tank and I'm wondering if using the old HOB filter and media will provide enough bacteria to prevent a cycle.

I thought about using bio-spira but none of the LFS carry it.
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I have a cichlid tank that I would like to make a planted tank. If I emply the tank and gravel and start over with eco, 1/2 of the old water and the same filter, will my tank cycle again? I will need to put the fish right back into the tank and I'm wondering if using the old HOB filter and media will provide enough bacteria to prevent a cycle.

I thought about using bio-spira but none of the LFS carry it.[/QUOTE
You'll be fine. You having an established filter makes a big difference so dont clean it, just use it exactly as is. Allso save a cup or 2 of mulm and add it to the base of the tank before adding the new substrate. The water isn't necessary since you have the filter but it will help though.

The Bio-Spira isn't necessary in your case.


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What is "mulm" ?
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mulm is the build up of biological material in your substrate. Bacteriaz iz in yur mulmz, de-ammoniaing and de-nitrifiying.
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To make it simple, what I want is a cup or 2 of the sediment and dirty water from the gravel??
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Make sure you add dechlorinator before running the filter. Let the water run with a pump or something or maybe just leave out the filter media and bio-wheel if it has one. If you're adding new water, the water may have chlorine. So you want to make sure the chlorine is neutralized first, otherwise, you may kill the bacteria in the media.
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do a SEARCH on CHANGING SUBSTRATE I just did the same thing last weekend, I've got in in steps 1,2,3...10 for ya...w/ pic...keep 1/2 the water is what I did.

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