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Cycling a tank question

I have a pond where I have a bio filter, can I use one of the bio balls to introduce beneficial bacteria to my new tank? Is there a concern for introducing something from my pond into the tank?
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I remember reading a post about this not too long ago. You might want to search the forum here but I don't remember what was said


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I would use more than one. But yes you can use the bio balls to help jump start the cycling process.

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My tank won't be up and running for a few more days do you think I could take the filter media from my aquarium filter and put it in my pond filter so the bacteria can grow on it?
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Yeah that will work fine too
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absolutely!

allot of people don't like to add local fish stores water with theirs when they buy new fish plants ect. but i do hoping to make my tank stronger and more... evolved?

also if you wanna fork the cash u can buy bacteria in a bottle but keep in fridge after open.
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also if you wanna fork the cash u can buy bacteria in a bottle but keep in fridge after open.
I've heard that that stuff was a one time use. Once the seal is broken you use it all. Not sure, that's just what the LFS guy told me.

I personally am using bacteria from my 55g to jump start my 125g. 4 Days in.

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absolutely!

allot of people don't like to add local fish stores water with theirs when they buy new fish plants ect. but i do hoping to make my tank stronger and more... evolved?

also if you wanna fork the cash u can buy bacteria in a bottle but keep in fridge after open.
Water from another tank will do about as much as tap water. Plants, mulm, media, etc. are what you need for seeding a tank. And using water from a lfs is double trouble. You are just inviting parasites, worms, and everything else you don't want. It's essentially doing the opposite of a quarantine. I don't mean to pick on you, but it's probably the worst think you could do besides dump bleach in a tank.

This is personal opinion, but if bacteria will die in a filter once water hasn't been flowing through it for a few hours, why would bacteria last in a sealed bottle?


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What about outdoor pests like Hydra, etc.?


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i have tried seachem stability to see if it would cylce a tank as advertised even with fish from the beginning. I noticed that while the product seemed to take care of Ammonia nice and fast, maybe within 1.5-2days, it was unable to take of the nitrite that spiked after. Not sure what experiences others have had with this product but this is just my own personal input.
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i have tried seachem stability to see if it would cylce a tank as advertised even with fish from the beginning. I noticed that while the product seemed to take care of Ammonia nice and fast, maybe within 1.5-2days, it was unable to take of the nitrite that spiked after. Not sure what experiences others have had with this product but this is just my own personal input.
I have never used a bottled product to solve issues like cloudy water, cycling or similar issues. But that isn't to say they don't work.

I know there are different types of beneficial bacteria so maybe they do work great, or partially, like you noticed.


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Nothing, and I mean nothing, works as well as filter media from an established filter - this guarantees the introduction of healthy bacteria of both types and does not just speed up the cycle - i cycles it instantly - if fish load is higher then the amount of bacteria introduced it will multiply to catch up very rapidly.
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Nothing, and I mean nothing, works as well as filter media from an established filter - this guarantees the introduction of healthy bacteria of both types and does not just speed up the cycle - i cycles it instantly - if fish load is higher then the amount of bacteria introduced it will multiply to catch up very rapidly.
+1. I've always stocked my tanks on day one. I've used lots of plants, and established filters without problems.


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