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I left for work in the early afternoon, and my little nephew came over to the house today. The cliff notes version is when I got home my tank was leaking! The glass has a spider-like crack along the side. It's not a fast leak, but I ran to the local wal-mart and I only had enough for a 20 gallon (with the stand). So I set it up and placed a good portion of my gravel and cichlid stones, not to mention, the same filter cartridges from the established 55 to the 20. So hopefully that'll speed up the cycle. I think it may last another day or so at most with the leak.
 

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why not fill your new tank with the water, filter and some gravel from the leaking tank that has already been cycled, that way you can move your fish now and not worry about the crack expanding and coming home to a huge mess and lost fish??
 

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Skimboarder_07 said:
why not fill your new tank with the water, filter and some gravel from the leaking tank that has already been cycled, that way you can move your fish now and not worry about the crack expanding and coming home to a huge mess and lost fish??
Good point, I think I will. Thanks. :thumb:
 

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You can do an instant cycle. Take your established filters/decorations/substrate and move them to the new tank with the fish. It works without a hitch. I have done this to larger tanks. Check Craigslist for a new 55 I see 55s on there everyday for dirt cheap.
 

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if ur still short on cash i suggest hitting the craigslist market. u have everything but the tank after all. so maybe just buy a cheapie 55? :) gl to ya. hope it all worked out either way.
 

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Thanks guys. The convict seems happy in the 20. When he fully matures, I most definitely plan on moving him into bigger diggs. A guy I work with has a basement full of fish tanks that his son had before he moved out. 2 300 gallons, and 2 55's with stands and hoods for $100! He also has various smaller size tanks.
 
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