Betta Fish Care  
Go Back   Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care > Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
Check out the eBook Betta Fish Care Made Easy
betta fish
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 04-13-2013, 08:12 AM   #1 
Jexx
Member
 
Jexx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Mississauga, Ontario
Growing bb on a sponge

If I take a sponge filter and place it in a cycled tank and leave the old filter in as well, will good bacteria grow on the new sponge filter even if it is not hooked up to an air pump? I am asking because I am intending to put another sponge filter in one of my tanks but I don't have another pump for it. My other sponge filter has a pump but is across the room. I'd like to get the sponge started with bb so I'd like to put it in the tank now so it will already have bb when I can get it hooked up in a week. Is this viable?
Jexx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2013, 08:42 AM   #2 
bettaakapes
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
It most likely will. The bacteria will grow in the filter from the sponge and will cycle your tank.
bettaakapes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2013, 09:16 AM   #3 
Jexx
Member
 
Jexx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Mississauga, Ontario
just to clarify, even though the sponge filter is not running?
Jexx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2013, 11:02 AM   #4 
registereduser
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jexx View Post
just to clarify, even though the sponge filter is not running?
I would say so, since BB is found mostly in gravel and on deco, not in the water column.
registereduser is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2013, 11:56 AM   #5 
Jexx
Member
 
Jexx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Mississauga, Ontario
Excellent. Thank you!
Jexx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2013, 11:58 AM   #6 
Jexx
Member
 
Jexx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Mississauga, Ontario
Oh, Also, how long do I need to wait before removing the old filter? Would it be sufficient if, when I get the sponge filter running, to cut up the spong from the old filter and stick it in the sponge filter?
Jexx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2013, 02:53 PM   #7 
Blue Fish
Member
 
Blue Fish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: East Tennessee
I tried that, left it for about a week, and it did not cycle my new tank. :( But, maybe if I'd left it for longer? I was actually surprised that it *didn't* house BB... :P
Blue Fish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2013, 03:16 PM   #8 
Jexx
Member
 
Jexx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Mississauga, Ontario
This isn't a new tank. Its an already cycled tank. I am just looking to change the filter to a sponge filter. But right now the sponge filter isn't hooked up to an air pump its just sitting in the tank while the old filter is running.
Jexx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2013, 01:11 AM   #9 
Blue Fish
Member
 
Blue Fish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: East Tennessee
Ahh, so you're just switching out the filters? Surely that would work then, because you've already got the "boost" from the tank, the water, the ornaments, and all the gravel to assist with the BB. :)

Please let us know if this works, I'm considering changing some of my HOB's to sponges, and it would be great to know if this works. :)
Blue Fish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2013, 11:18 PM   #10 
VincentTH
New Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
The time for a non-bubbled sponge filter to work - in a cycled tank - is 4-6 weeks according to AngelPlus.com, where I buy my sponge filters. I mean you can leave it in the tank without an air pump for 4-6 weeks, then take them out to cycle a new tank. It is faster (I think 2-3 weeks on my 20G cycled tank) if the sponge filter is attached to an air pump, however.

Last edited by VincentTH; 04-14-2013 at 11:20 PM.
VincentTH is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:19 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.