B4THEND Posted July 16, 2022 Share Posted July 16, 2022 Hey there, I currently have a 13 gal. saltwater setup that's been running for about 2 years now with a Kenya tree coral, a mini-carpet anemone, and some turban snails/blue-legged hermits and a tiger sand conch as the COC. However, I am moving into a dorm soon and don't have room for it, so I decided to downsize and do a little DIY on a 3.5 gal tank I had lying around by building in simple a 3-chamber filter system, with a $50 Lominie LED reef light and a $15 Aquatop np-80 for circulation. My main question is, would it be feasible to instantly cycle my pico by moving the rock and filter media over from the 13g to the pico? Its something I've done plenty of times with freshwater tanks and it's always worked fine there, but I know saltwater is much more sensitive. The only reason I'm really interested in getting it cycled fast is that I have a friend who's willing to give me a bunch of nice soft frags for the tank, but since I'm moving in under a month I won't be able to take him up on his offer if I don't cycle it in time. My second question kinda relates to the first, which is should I transfer my sandbed? I have a 1-inch sandbed in the 13 currently but I've seen a lot of mixed feelings on whether to have a one in a pico. I personally hate bare-bottom tanks but I'm still indecisive. Anyways, any advice would be appreciated. This is my first pico too so any general advice would be appreciated as well (Big thanks to the infinitely helpful El Fab guide, which is basically where I'm getting all my info from! I have pics of the build down below for reference. 1 Quote Link to comment
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