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new 5 gal nano cycling and substrate questions

starting up my 5 gal, and just looking for some opinions. on the cycling for my seed bacteria, should i use a filter cartridge from my 55gal? a piece of wood from my 10gal? or gravel in a stocking from my 10 gal?

also for 5 gals, what r the main plants you all are going with? and what thickness should my sand be? i so far have 1 5lb bag in there, this enough?

ill be going out today to find hardscape, and once its ready for fish, im thinking of adding a dwarf puffer, and shrimp? or will the puffer make a meal ou of them?
any other opinions on some uncommon fish for a nano? just bouncing some ideas around.
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i have dwarf puffers and cherry shrimp together without a problem
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new 5 gal nano cycling and substrate questions

I think the media from your big tank will benefit you the most.
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Yea the best thing for cycling is to use some filter media from an established filter.

As for substrate you should have about 2 inches of substrate. Plants should be what you like as long as it is not too big for a small 5 gal.

I am redoing my mini M right now with some HC HM Rotala colorata and a bit of Didiplis Diandra. I also have som C. Parva in there too. Will be adding some a few more plants later.


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Yea the best thing for cycling is to use some filter media from an established filter.

As for substrate you should have about 2 inches of substrate. Plants should be what you like as long as it is not too big for a small 5 gal.

I am redoing my mini M right now with some HC HM Rotala colorata and a bit of Didiplis Diandra. I also have som C. Parva in there too. Will be adding some a few more plants later.
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and cool, both cartridges in my big tank are only a week old though, had to replace the two that were in the cause they were toast(ya i know one at a time but ive done it like this before with this tank and the levels dont go up ) now will one week be enough on one of those filters for this tank?
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i have dwarf puffers and cherry shrimp together without a problem
anything i should know about the puffer? never dealt with them, did some research and it sounds like theyre a pretty solitary fish. will they go after otos at all? any advice would be awesome.
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ok so i set up the tank, pulled a filter cartridge fom my 55 gal, and stuck a half inch piece of shrimp in there. the most i have seen this thing come up to was .25-.50, and now it is back to zeroed out. tank has been up for 8 days. is it possible the tank is cycled this fast? or should i do something else to spike the ammonia higher?

i havent tested nitrite or nitrate yet.
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i havent tested nitrite or nitrate yet.
The levels of these would be a good indicator to wether or not your tank is cycled.
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