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Old 12-01-2009, 06:41 PM   #1 
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Excited!!!!

Ok so there is this long story behind a 20 gallon tank I used to have, and to make a long story short, my dad claimed it for his Oscar, then when he moved Oscar to a 25 gallon Oscar died. Sooo... the 20 gallon is MINE! He gave it to me for free (because technically it was mine in the first place LOL, I had a ball python in it)PLUS a heater and 2 filters! All I need now is dividers, some more decor, and a top! I'm sooooo happy, I'm going to cycle it over Christmas break so when I bring them back up to my dorm they will be all nice and happy in 5 gallons a piece!
So now my questions are these: Divide first then cycle? Or cycle it then make dividers? Fishless or with the fish in there? And how in the world do you move a 20g without messing up the bacteria that are established? Will adding the substrate that is in my 1 gallons make the cycle go faster, and my fish will just go bare bottom tanks for a while?
And if I don't cycle, how much upkeep would that require? Like, how often and what percentage water changes, gravel vac, etc.
Also, the 2 filters are for 5-15 gallons a piece. Should I use both of them? Or just one? My dad told me that the heater kept Oscar's tank at a steady 80 degrees fahrenheit (sp?) Will that be too warm for them or just perfect?
Sorry for all the questions, this will be my first official TANK ever! My one gallons don't count to me, they're totally different in upkeep.
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Old 12-01-2009, 06:58 PM   #2 
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80* would be perf. Good luck!
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Old 12-01-2009, 08:37 PM   #3 
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I need someone to share excitement with! C'mon people, work with me!
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Old 12-01-2009, 09:25 PM   #4 
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I would definitely cycle a 20 gallon tank. It's too big to do 100% water changes. I would do a fishless cycle. I would put the dividers in before cycling. Wow, a 20 gallon tank! You'll have a lot of options with a 20 gallon!
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Old 12-01-2009, 09:35 PM   #5 
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I know! I think I'm just going to divide it up between my 4 boys, because that way they will have 5 gallons a piece, and I'll know they're extremely happy. My dad practically shoved it in my arms, I think he was tired of it sitting around the house. But I am very pleased :]
And thanks for responding!
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Old 12-01-2009, 09:37 PM   #6 
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I'm happy for you! I'm sure your boys will like all the room.
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Old 12-01-2009, 09:41 PM   #7 
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I hope so! I'll get pictures up ASAP, before and after I get the tank set up. Um, one quick question, would putting their gravel in their 1g tanks make the cycle kickstart? Since it's kind of used, and not brand new?
But thank you, I'm uber excited, I can not WAIT to get my finals over and get home to start working on it!
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I have no idea if it would work or not.
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Old 12-01-2009, 10:34 PM   #9 
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Defiantly cycle it! Un cycled tanks are a pain. I'd use both filters. It would make it nice and clean and filtered. Hey! You can't have too much filtration!

Adding substrate from another tank works only if it's from an already established. It would help it cycled much much much much better if you have substrate in there though!
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Old 12-02-2009, 12:03 AM   #10 
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Aw, that's so cool!
How I wish I had the time, money, and room for a nice big tank x3
Super awesome that your dad gave it back.
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