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little worms for cycling?

So I started cycling my 26 bowfront. I'm impatiently waiting as most of us are during this time. In my established tank about a week ago I noticed little worms everywhere. I googled them and most likely the are nematodes. I stopped all feeding, a water change, and vaccumed the gravel to no avail. They are still all there. Now the real question is can a scoop some of these guys out and put them in the new tank? I'm trying not to use filter media since I dont want the hassel of the snails in the new tank
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You could get a bottle of Colony or Tetra Safe Start. Ive used both for cycling with success on many occasions.
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heh, You'd rather have worms than snails?


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EH the worms become good food for fish later on

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You would need a really giant population of worms to create enough ammonia to cycle the tank, and no matter how many you have that would grow enough bacteria just for the worms' waste. When you add fish there are no extra bacteria to take care of their waste, unless you get rid of the worms.

I would do a fishless cycle with ammonia, no livestock. Then, when you add livestock all those bacteria are just for them.
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