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Quarantine Question...

So im finally ready to stock my new 75
Ive set up a 20L for a qt tank but i have a quick question on seeding the filter...

The only tank i could take seeded media from would be my 29 but it only has 1 blue gourami in it (~3") so my question is would it be worth it to pack my filter with gravel (ac30) to instant cycle the tank? My main concern Is that the bioload of any new fishes will be greater than in the 29 with a single gourami so the seeded gravel would not keep up. I was planning on putting 6-8 praecox rainbows in at first.

Maybe i could seed the filter and add 1ppm of ammonia and see how fast it goes through it...
Or just cycle the tank with pure ammonia and seeded graved but it seems like building a large bb colony is pointless in a qt with minimal bioload...

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You should cycle your QT tank just like you would a regular tank. I recommend doing a fishless cycle, seeding it beforehand with gravel and filter to help establish bb will get it started, but I would still let it cycle for a week or two before adding any fish. I've never added ammonia to my cycles and never had cycling problems with my tanks (been doing this for 8+ years). Be patient, it will pay off in the end!

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You should cycle your QT tank just like you would a regular tank. I recommend doing a fishless cycle, seeding it beforehand with gravel and filter to help establish bb will get it started, but I would still let it cycle for a week or two before adding any fish. I've never added ammonia to my cycles and never had cycling problems with my tanks (been doing this for 8+ years). Be patient, it will pay off in the end!
Are you saying to put gravel in the QT? What I was planning on doing was taking the second filter (AC 50) off my main tank and adding it to a 10 gallon tank with a barebottom. Would this not work since the filter already has bacteria in it just wouldn't have any substrate. Its kinda like what OP was saying but the filter I have is already going.

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Are you saying to put gravel in the QT? What I was planning on doing was taking the second filter (AC 50) off my main tank and adding it to a 10 gallon tank with a barebottom. Would this not work since the filter already has bacteria in it just wouldn't have any substrate. Its kinda like what OP was saying but the filter I have is already going.
That will work, but make sure your other tank doesn't go through a mini cycle when you take off the ac50. Lots of people have bare bottom qts, seems like the way to go for a few reasons.

Ash what do you mean you have never added ammonia to your cycles?
Maybe im confused but it sounds like your saying to seed the qt and the just let everything run for a couple weeks...wouldnt the bb just die off without an ammonia source?

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