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I was just wondering if a few small, hardy fish would be stressed in a large uncycled aquarium. I have a few danios in a small tank, but want to put them in my new 46 gl so I can redo the other tank. Would this be bad for the fish?

I put some of the old tank water and the old filter in the new tank, to start the cycle. It has been set up for a day now. would such a small amount of fish in that tank create enough waste to be harmful?
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Test the ammonia level with a liquid regent test ($10 at petco you only need the ammonia part not the $40 full kit) but your going to have to wait at least a week for it to stop yo-yo'ing enough to not kill fish out-rite and two weeks to be safe.

To get a 1/1.5 week cycle you would need to plant it with *allot* of stems and fast growers or it's going to take a week or more longer.

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If the filter you moved over is already established (and it wasn't turned off between tanks) then you need to go ahead and move the danios over or else the N-bacteria in the filter will die off from starvation.

It's entirely possible to cycle a new tank just with an established filter; I did it on my 90gal. You do need to monitor the water just to be sure that you don't get any spikes, but a few danios in a 46gal tank are very low bioload so the risk isn't very hight.





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i agree that you should be fine with the filter from the other tank. it would also help to put anything else you have from the other tank (decorations, fake plants, etc.) as nitrifying bacteria grow on stuff in the tank and not so much in the water column.

but def monitor your ammonia and nitrite levels
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If you are re-doing the other tank , why not move the plants over too. That combined with the old filter and water from the old tank should keep the fish going without any issues. You don't need to root the plants just let them be in the tank until you have completed the renovations to the old tank.
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