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- Dec 10, 2013
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+1 to this, if you move all of it. But you might also experience a mini-cycle, especially if sand is disturbed and there is some die-off in the process.Basically if you have a tank up and running and move all the sand and rock from that tank to a new one, you do not have to cycle the tank, you can put the fish straight in...that’s the quick answer.
Yes! I’m planning to use different live rock and live sand from another tank, so I may not use the ones in the the photo. and Yes! I thought about the unwanted hitchhikers that may come in the rocks or sand, in the other hand if I decided to start up with live stuff will be from a Anemone Tank from a Friend but my concern is if this doesn’t work as planned I will feel really really bad if anything dies which could happen. that’s why I post this thread asking if anybody has used live rock and live sand from another old tank.Sorry, I might have read your post wrong, but you are saying you are getting live rock from another tank/system that has been running for a while?
If yes, it will help "seed" your new system, but it will still go through its own cycle. It will help speed it up a little bit, but to be honest with you, there are a lot of products/methods you can use/buy now that cycle tanks fairly quickly - all of which you can find on this forum.
The only issue to think about when getting live rock from another system, is potential bad hitchikers. For example, if you are getting it from a tank that has had ich or other fish diseases, you'll likely bring it into your new system. Other things could be aptasia and bad inverts.
If it were me, I'd personally go the sterile route and start fresh. I think you won't notice a big difference!
So, we actually bought our tank from someone else and moved it to our house. We used his rock/sand etc and didn’t experience any cycle. Then, over time, we switched to the rock we wanted and let his old rock seed our new rock. Our tank is pretty dang stable and I totally attribute it to using all that old bacteria/rocks/sand etcI appreciated your help.
yes I know there’ll be die-off especially beneficial bacteria, as far I remember.
I had a RBTA that began to reproduce like crazy in my reef tank. I decided to move them all to another tank I had running. I decided to rearrange the rock work on both tanks as well. How I did it, was small water changes everyday on both tanks for a few days to get the water parameters as close to each other as possible. When everything was balanced, I switched everything over. It worked perfectly fine and all nems survived (over 20). If its your own rocks/sand etc, its safer than using rocks/sand from another system.great!! have you added an anemone doing the same transfer??