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    Hello Guys ,

    Been away for a while ,

    My New tank arrived in December last year and sat for a full 2.5 months collecting dust.

    I eventually got the stand and cupboard made up and then last week got some people to set up the system ,

    Here are the Specs , 1200 x 500 x 600 , 10mm glass black silicone with built in overflow box and 4 camber 3 foot sump

    Planning on using java fern and Anubis only in this tank , drift wood and Namibian white dessert sand , as I am planning on stocking with a lot of corrys

    I still have my old sponge filters and 2 internal filters that are running with the old tanks water , Question is , how long do I need to cycle this tank , with seeded media ?

    Here are some pics ,

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    Awesome!!!!!

    If your media is still seeded then your tank will basically be cycled so good to go! I’d still add the fish in batches (not all at once) and add a dose of stability with each addition.

    Following along, can’t wait to see!
     
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    Good luck with the project.

    If your old filter is running on a tank with fish, all you have to do is put the media in the sump of the new tank when you move the fish over

    If you are using part of the media and leaving the bulk in the old filter, then build up slowly. Add a handful (4 or 5) fish and wait a week or two before adding a few more, and so on
     
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    Hi @twincam16

    That tank looks lovely and so does that stand. With "seeded media" being sponge and powerheads I'm sure it will take a little longer if opposed to using ceramic rings or pumice stone or lava rock as the surface area for beneficial bacteria is far more extensive. I'd say fill up your tank, dechlorinate your water and then add the filters and test every day or every second day for a week. Should be fine.
     
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    Thanks Guys , for the feedback much appreciated , here are some pics of the hardscape .

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    Hey Bud , yeah filter running with a few fish , old rocks , and plants from the old tank
     
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    Yes this is what I was thinking of doing ,
     
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    Thank you , I will monitor the readings daily and then decide to add fish in slowly but surely , .
     
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    Stunning!!!!!
     
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    Yeah I'm sure if you have hardy fish you can add in a few after a few hours and as long as you don't show ammonia and nitrites you can add again a few more
     
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    This is a good point, if it’s been running in a tank with fish it should still be cycled. If it ran in an empty tank (with no ammonia source) the bacteria could’ve died off
     
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    Currently 4 filters are running with fish in a storage container .
     
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    Stunning tank!
     
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    Thank you.
     
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    Awesome @twincam16

    Always exciting to start a new project
    Good advice given so far, look forward to seing it completed
     
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    Thank you , Im also wanting to see it completed as I have been stalling for over 2 months :)
     
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    Nice tank! What fish are you thinking of doing
     
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    Thank you, planning on a school of rummy nose tetras, lots of corydoras and Congo Tetras
     
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    Hello Everyone , so I got bored with the scape and thought it looked very unnatural .I then went and changed things around ant the below is what I came up with for fun.

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    I then sat with this for a few hours and then '' Eureka '' , I decided to go with the below scape as i wanted a bridge effect

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    Fine tuning


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    Time to add plants

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    So here is the final result after planting and filling up ,

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    Hope you guys enjoyed ,
     

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