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Cycling substrate before putting it in tank?

I have a shrimp tank coming Friday and the shrimp are arriving on Wednesday, luckily I can stick them in my current nano shrimp tank I already have set up until the new tank is cycled and ready to go...

My question is can I take some Fluval Stratum that I plan on using in the new tank and stick it in a container without a lid (basically a big cup), and set the container in the bottom of my 54g established tank to help add some of the nitrifying bacteria to it?

Has anyone every tried this before, I understand that nitrifying bacteria doesn’t only grow on bio media but also the substrate, walls, driftwood, rocks, and so on…

I kind of need to cycle the new Dennerle 10g Shrimp tank as fast as possible because I don’t want to breed the Neocaridia Rili arriving in the mail with the Neocaridia Cherry Shrimp I already have…

I have Seachem Stability and pre-cycled media but it would really help if I could go ahead and cycle my substrate seeing how the internal nano eckfilter that comes with the tank doesn’t hold bio media...

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I have a shrimp tank coming Friday and the shrimp are arriving on Wednesday, luckily I can stick them in my current nano shrimp tank I already have set up until the new tank is cycled and ready to go...

My question is can I take some Fluval Stratum that I plan on using in the new tank and stick it in a container without a lid (basically a big cup), and set the container in the bottom of my 54g established tank to help add some of the nitrifying bacteria to it?

Has anyone every tried this before, I understand that nitrifying bacteria doesn’t only grow on bio media but also the substrate, walls, driftwood, rocks, and so on…

I kind of need to cycle the new Dennerle 10g Shrimp tank as fast as possible because I don’t want to breed the Neocaridia Rili arriving in the mail with the Neocaridia Cherry Shrimp I already have…

I have Seachem Stability and pre-cycled media but it would really help if I could go ahead and cycle my substrate seeing how the internal nano eckfilter that comes with the tank doesn’t hold bio media...

Hope to hear back soon,
Thanks guys


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i have had the same question before too. i believe it should work. you give all the workers the supplies they need, they should get the job done.
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If you already have cycled Bio-media, why not just add some of it to the new tank? If the new tank doesn’t have a place for it, just put some of it in a nylon stocking and hang it somewhere where there’s some water flow.

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I didn’t think just adding the media would cycle the tank enough to be safe for shrimp to be added same day. Due to the cost of premium shrimp I don’t want to lose any due to inadequate cycling.


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