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Old 04-17-2013, 09:20 AM   #1 
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If you move tank water, filter and all decor to new tank will the BB survive?

In comparing cost I am seeing it's probably going to be cheaper to divide my tank with frosted glass. I have enough sponge filters and heater from the existing tank and the glass is free. I'd have to buy more aquarium silicone. I want to move the water from 5 gallon tanks the fish may gain a gallon. I also have cycled 2 gallons but I am thinking with two gallons and gaining 4 would actually start the cycle over. If I take out my fish and do the change quickly is it likely enough BB will survive not to break the cycle?
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Old 04-17-2013, 11:29 AM   #2 
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If you transition the filter directly from one tank to another, most likely they will survive.
Keep in mind that beneficial bacteria also colonises surfaces, so you may still get a mini cycle. I would suggest to test your water and take adequate measure to keep the water quality in check :)
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Old 04-17-2013, 12:44 PM   #3 
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I did pretty much the same thing- moved my betta from my five gallon to a new 10 gallon divided 3 ways. I just transferred some of the water, all of the gravel, and put in the filter cartridge from my old filter into the new filter and I never had any readings of ammonia or nitrites. Pretty much cycled instantaneously.
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Old 04-17-2013, 01:36 PM   #4 
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Yes, you have to do it quickly though. And still want to pay attention with testing.
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