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How long to run established filter in new tank?

I purchased active filters from Angels Plus and have been running them in my 5 gallon Fluval Spec for a few days and in my 2 gallon for just a few hours.

How long will it take for the new filters to be inoculate with beneficial bacteria?
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Those filters are supposed to be filled with bacteria and should be ready for use immediately. How long have been running the one on the 5 gal and 2 gal? Are those tanks established and do they have livestock in it? If those are not yet established then the bacteria could have died from lack of ammonia/nitrite source.

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Those filters are supposed to be filled with bacteria and should be ready for use immediately. How long have been running the one on the 5 gal and 2 gal? Are those tanks established and do they have livestock in it? If those are not yet established then the bacteria could have died from lack of ammonia/nitrite source.
I have snails in one and I have been putting fish food into that one.

The other one I have been putting in ammonia .

How many day s would it take for bacteria to die?

I skipped one day of ammonia
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I feel dumb for skipping my ammonia.
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Maybe I'll go buy some Microbe Lift.
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I have Stability, too.

I just am not very good with water testing.

Would strips be okay?
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One day should be fine. Were the filters shipped to you? I'd be more concerned with the shipping time and conditions, but I know nothing about it and I'm guessing they have figured out a way to ship without killing it off.
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I have Stability, too.

I just am not very good with water testing.

Would strips be okay?
What problems have you had with water testing? Maybe we can help you. It's important that you be able to test for ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates.

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The real species of nitrifying bacteria do not tolerate drying out. They cannot be shipped dry, on filter media. If you want to get a starter culture look for Nitrospira species of bacteria. This will be in a refrigerated bottle.

Strips are just fine for testing.

Keep on adding ammonia to 3 ppm, then test for nitrite and nitrate.

If you are doing a fishless cycle with no starter colony of bacteria it should take 3 weeks when the conditions are right.
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