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Emersed growth, Cycle and filter?

Forgive me if this is a stupid question but its bugging me this morning.

I am currently starting out my 75 gal emersed to get some UG started. To my understanding the tank will go through most of its cycle in this method.

My filter is a ehiem pro 3 160, just chilling dry under the stand.

My question is this. Should I fill the filter with water to let the bacteria begin to form on the biomedia or is this unnecessary?

Will the bacteria even form without a food source or does the biomedia act as the food source?

Sorry, I have never done the emersed method before let alone freshwater.

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I don't think you should fill the filter yet. I'm currently doing a dry start as well, and would like others to chime in on this.

However, I would assume when it's time to fill your tank, you would set up the filter as normal. I plan to add some biomedia from another tank to the new filter, and then test the tank every few days.


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Finish your drystart first. If you have an established tank to run your filter on till your set to fill your tank, then great. But just letting water sit in the filter without it running and no source of food (amonia) or oxygen will be a waist of time.


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If you fill that filter it will just be stagnant water.
Some weird sulphur gas will form that smells awful, and that sulphur gas is lethal to fish.
Don't fill it.
Unless you had some small tank to hook the filter up to that you could put ammonia in so it would be read, but you have to run the filter, and provide food for the bacteria.

And your drystart may or may not cycle anything, depends on what your substrate is!


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OK cool, thanks guys. Substrate is just blasting sand.

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