Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Central New York, USA
I just 'instant cycled' a tank (which I have done before) by cleaning the sponges from my established tank filter in the new tank water - introducing tons of live beneficial bacteria to the new tank/filter. I can add fish immediately with no worry.
I have a longtime fishkeeper friend that starts a new tank with lots of plants (especially floating) and adds fish right away. The plants handle the ammonia and the BB develops slowly over time with no harm to the fish.
"Bacteria in a bottle" products also speed up the process, although a bit slower, since the bacteria my be in a somewhat dormant stasis. Still, this can dramatically decrease the cycle time. These products sometimes get a bad rap because some are better than others and some aren't stored/handled well. But for the most part, they are an advantage.
Tank On, Mike-
60g Marineland Community, Finnex Planted+ 24/7, Silica (pool filter) sand.
10g, 29g, & 37g fry grow out tanks, 110g stock tank.
What came first, the chicken or the egg. It was the egg, but not the egg from a chicken.
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