Adding seeded media to sponge filter?

  1. Kasye

    Kasye Valued Member Member

    I'm setting up a new shrimp tank, I've had the sponge filter running for a few days and I've been adding fish food to supply ammonia.

    All of my other tanks have HOB filters, so I always would just grab a sponge out of one and added it to the new one when starting tanks. I was wondering if there's any way I could add bacteria from one of my older tanks to this new one.

    Can I just squeeze a seeded sponge into the water of the new tank?
  2. chromedome52

    chromedome52 Fishlore VIP Member

    Yes, it would cut the cycle time. It would not eliminate the cycle altogether, but it should certainly provide a good starter culture of good bacteria. It's the same principle as bottled bacteria for starting a cycle.