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Mulm from my pond filter?

Okay, I am starting up a tank, and am curious about Mulm. Can I use mulm from my pond filter (I have a very large pond in my back yard, it is cold of course, but the strainer filter had loads of mulm). Would it be useful or worthless given the cold weather?

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Sounds like a good plan to me- the cold weather may have sent some into dormancy, but I would think it should still help seed your tank?



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I wouldnt worry about seeding the filter. As long as you load it up with some fast growing weeds you will see no significant cycle. That mind set of seeding and cycling is for the non-planted tanks.
How big a tank are you setting up? The bigger the tank the less the worry as well.
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Wait a minute... do you mean to add to the substrate for the plants?

In any case, the more I am thinking about it, the more I think I wouldnt take the chances of alien offspring in the mulm...even cold mulm. Many insect eggs winter over in that stuff and in the mud waiting for the rising temps to hatch and wreack havoc.

My wife can attest to a few strange critters popping up a few weeks after my field collections...
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That's a good point- I didn't think about invasives! Otherwise IMO it can never hurt to try and use mulm to jump-start the N-bacteria even if you are going with heavily planted...



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Too many creepy crawlers could be living in that stuff. Many of which could kill and eat your small fish and or inverts. Not worth it in my opinion.

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