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Old filter media for cycling

I want to use an old sponge to try and speed up the cycle of a new tank.

Do I just take the sponge and throw it in (I don't have a pare filter, so I can't just move the entire filter), or do I have to rinse the spinge out first?

Should I move the sponge around the new tank, squeeze it out or just let it sit there? And how long should it be in?
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not really sure.. but I took my old bio wheels and just let them float in there to help it along. I would just put it in and let it float around. I wouldn't rinse it out unless you are doing it in the old tank water.

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I used an old sponge from a friends tank. Don't rinse it, just put it in the water flow somewhere.
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Just stick it in the new tank
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IMO sticking it in the filter somewhere (if it will fit) will help out most, since this is where you want the majority of your bacteria colony.

Anywhere in the tank with some water flow through the filter should help, however.





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^^^Agreed, all of the things you mentioned would work but Lauralee's comment would be the fastest way to seed your filter for sure.


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Ok thanks!

While I'm on this topic, I'd also like to ask ahead of time, what about a 5 gallon betta tank, or a tank with no filter. Should i just stick it in the tank?
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I'd squeeze the sponge in a container some tank water to get the gunk out, then once it is more or less clean, give it a good squeeze in the betta tank. That will release a good bit of bacteria.
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you don't want to starve the filter material so add some old tank water too.
I use a sponge at the intake of all my filters to adding the old sponge to a new filter intake will draw the bacteria through the system quickly.

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