QUESTION FOR ANYONE:
If I was to set up my scape on the new tank and put enough water into it, to fill to the top of the soil, would it leach the ammonia prior to actually running a filter on the tank? If I could get the ammonia going early, then I could throw the filter from the other tank on and plants it. Hopefully this could shorten any time for unstable perimeters.
Yes you can just leave in a container somewhere dark and switch out the water every couple of days to remove the majority of leeching chemicals.