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Old 02-05-2013, 02:09 AM   #1 
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Few questions on getting my divided 10g going.

I am about to set up a 10g aquarium. I will be dividing it into 3 sections. My questions are as follows:

1. If I use the water from my cycled 20g long, will it make cycling my 10g easier? If so, how do I go about cycling the 10g? (I used seachem stability to cycle my 20 long)

2.Should I use the Marineland 100 filter that came with my 10g setup? Or should I make sponge filters? If so, how many? One for each section? One on each end of the tank?
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Old 02-05-2013, 02:03 PM   #2 
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1) YES. put in 5 gal of tank water, 5 gal of new water.

2) If you are going to divide small (3 sections?) definately use sponge filters in each section. Eaach section gets filtering without causing a flow problem in some sections.
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Old 02-05-2013, 02:08 PM   #3 
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Grab a splitter for your air pump, and run all three sponges from one pump if you're going to do that - it'll decrease the flow even more, and keep clutter to a minimum!

You could also divide it into 4 sections - three large ones, and one small one. Then you could put your heater and sponge into the small one, and not have to worry about cluttering up the living areas. You could even paint one end of the tank on all three sides to "hide" the equipment section.
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You could also divide it into 4 sections - three large ones, and one small one. Then you could put your heater and sponge into the small one, .

I would worry about flow issues doing this, as water does not "circulate" well through dividers. You can get flat sponge filters for each section then partially hide them under the gravel, that way you know each baby is getting the best!
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Old 02-05-2013, 02:56 PM   #5 
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How would I make flat sponge filters?
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Old 02-05-2013, 03:23 PM   #6 
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Look in this section, I have a thread called Sponge Filters, How and Why
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Old 02-05-2013, 05:10 PM   #7 
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I am about to set up a 10g aquarium. I will be dividing it into 3 sections. My questions are as follows:

1. If I use the water from my cycled 20g long, will it make cycling my 10g easier? If so, how do I go about cycling the 10g? (I used seachem stability to cycle my 20 long)
Using the water from the cycled tank honestly won't make a big difference. There isn't much beneficial bacteria in the water. However, using substrate, filter media or plants from the cycled tank will, as these things do house BB. :)

For cycling, I would just do the normal fishless method using ammonia. :) Over here, though, we can't get pure ammonia, so I have to do fish-in cycles, which are fine with plenty of seeding, water changes, and Prime. A bit of Stability won't hurt either. :)
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Using the water from the cycled tank honestly won't make a big difference.
I must respectfully disagree with this one statement. I have started everything from a 30 gal to a 1.5 gallon using water from a cycled tank and using a 2/3 cycled water to 1/3 new water ratio have been able to avoid new tank syndrome in each case. No milky white cloudy water to contend with. Is the tank fully cycled? No, but it jump starts the process enough that I am able to add a fish to the tank immediately with no ill effects.
Again, not starting a debate, just offering an alternative experience!
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Old 02-06-2013, 08:59 AM   #9 
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1) YES. put in 5 gal of tank water, 5 gal of new water.

2) If you are going to divide small (3 sections?) definately use sponge filters in each section. Eaach section gets filtering without causing a flow problem in some sections.
Correction!

The substrate(gravel,sand)wll cycle it faster, as that is where the bacteria is most abundant.
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Using the water from the cycled tank honestly won't make a big difference. There isn't much beneficial bacteria in the water. However, using substrate, filter media or plants from the cycled tank will, as these things do house BB. :)

For cycling, I would just do the normal fishless method using ammonia. :) Over here, though, we can't get pure ammonia, so I have to do fish-in cycles, which are fine with plenty of seeding, water changes, and Prime. A bit of Stability won't hurt either. :)
You can also do a fishless cycle with a piece of raw shrimp or fish - just don't leave it in too long or the ammonia will leap off the scale (been there, done that!).
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