getting a filter media cycled for quarantine


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kellyiswicked

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Hello all!
I'm planning on getting new fish for my 36 gallon soon (either rummy-nose tetras or pygmy corys). I have a 5 gallon that used to house a betta, but now the filter has been without a food source for too long.

Here is my question: My currently running 36 gallon and 10 gallon each have a cycled filter media that I could use to instantly cycle the 5 gallon. My concern is that the tank I take the filter media from will then have to recycle. Is this true?

If so, is there any way I could get a second filter media cycled in one of the established tanks and then transfer it to the 5 gallon quarantine, without recycling the larger one? Or would it be quicker and simpler for me just to buy some Tetra Safe Start?

Thanks as always!

Edit: I have all power filters.
 

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How long has the tank been fishless? I routinely leave my quarantine tanks running fishless for weeks at a time.

All you would need to do to reseed it, if you even have to, is take some media from another tank and put it in the filter. I can't imagine that you could take enough media for a 5 gallon filter that would cause a minicyle in your other tank.
 

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The tank has been fishless for approximately four weeks.

When you say take some media, do you mean filter media or something else? I'm a little confused haha
 

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What exactly is the media you're both referring to then? The actual filter pad? Because in my mind, taking the whole filter pad would probably minicycle the tank haha I am obviously missing something!
 

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Hi!

Filter media refers to anything that's in your filter growing bacteria. COuld be sponges, bioballs, ceramic cylinders, and even the pre filter pads. Say, for example, you have two or three sponges in your larger filter. If you were to take one of those sponges and put it in the smaller 5 gallon filter, you are transferring media.

Hope this helps!
 

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Not the whole filter pad. Can you cut some of it off? And then replace by adding more filter media to your bigger tank so that the bacteria from the old media can populate the new?
 

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Hi!

Filter media refers to anything that's in your filter growing bacteria. COuld be sponges, bioballs, ceramic cylinders, and even the pre filter pads. Say, for example, you have two or three sponges in your larger filter. If you were to take one of those sponges and put it in the smaller 5 gallon filter, you are transferring media.

Hope this helps!
Yep, if you only have one sponge, cutting a part of it off could be a possibility, wait for some others to chime in though as I am not an expert on seeding media for new tanks
 

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Okay this is starting to make more sense, thank you everyone for the replies.

However, I don't believe I have any sponges in my tank. I'm planning on getting a second filter for my 36 gallon, but right now I just have the one power filter that has a single filter pad in it. So I'm not sure there is any way for me to take part of it but not all.

In addition, I would be happy to hear any suggestions people have for filters - I'm also setting up a 55 gallon I have yet to purchase filters for. The only thing out of my price range is a canister filter, so I'm open to anything else.
 

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I know you said that a canister filter is out of your price range, but just in case you do not know how cheap a decent canister filter can be:



Also, even if you have only one filter pad or filter cartridge, as long as you can cut it, it is ok to do so.
 

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The tank has been fishless for approximately four weeks.
I think you may still have your cycle, if the bacteria colony on the media was well established. Still, all you would need to do is add a clipping from the filter pad of another filter, just to make sure.
 

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Joanna, thank you for that link, I did not realize they could be that inexpensive. I will definitely look into that for my 55 gallon!

Jaysee, that definitely helps my situation. The tank was well established before the betta's untimely death. I am going to clip some media from the current filter and add it to the 5 gallon and hope for the best!

Thank you all!
 
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