|Using media/plants to help cycle new tanks|
Subject: Using media/plants to help cycle new tanks
by iwrmom on 2012/3/21 20:00:31
I have a new question for you experienced fishkeepers...
We currently have a 15g with ELB in it. There is java moss, java fern, anubias and anachris. In addition, we have driftwood and and a lava rock cave set in the substrate.
We have been offered a free 30g set up...stand, tank, heater, filter, lights...an offer I can't pass up. I was wondering...I know using a filter from an established tank will instantly cycle a new tank, but what about using just plants and decor from an established tank? Will the new decor I have to add to the established tank crash the cycled tank or will it be okay as long as I leave the filter? Will the plants and decor alone be enough to instantly cycle a new tank? Or...should I stuff an extra sponge in my established filter for a week and let beneficial bacteria settle in that and use that to cycle the new tank? Of course if these are all bad ideas...please please let me know so I don't make mistakes.