HELP seeding 5 gal tank

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by Ryanbyunn, Jun 29, 2016.

  1. RyanbyunnNew MemberMember

    I have a 10 gallon tank and a 5 gallon tank. My 10 gallon tank has just finished cycling and my 5 gallon is just starting it's cycle. Can I switch the filter cartridges of my 10 gallon filter and my 5 gallon to speed up the cycle, will that restart my cycle for 10 gal? (Sorry if it's a little confusing)

  2. AichmalotizoWell Known MemberMember

    That would restart the 10 gallons cycle, as nearly all the bacteria live in the filter, and when you switched back, the 5 wouldnt be cycled, as the cycled filter left. I hope that wasn't confusing, cause it kinda confused me typing it. Are you cycling with a pure source of ammonia, or fishflakes/raw shrimp?
  3. AludarValued MemberMember

    Assuming you have two filters, run your 5g filter alongside the 10g to colonize it for a few weeks, then just move it to the 5. Heard that being said on here quite often
  4. RyanbyunnNew MemberMember

    Lol Srry forgot to say that I'm doing a fish in cycle by accident
  5. AichmalotizoWell Known MemberMember

    I would recommend just adding tetra safe start or using stability for the five gallon if it's fish in. What kinda fish are you cycling with?
  6. codyrex97Well Known MemberMember

    TSS route is one way,
    Prime and stability is another (my preferred way)

    If you want to bother to try and seed it, you'll need just a piece of the 10's filter.

    If it were me I'd just do fish in cycling and leave the 10 alone so I don't mess anything up.

    And in the future, I would run the filter for your planned tank in your current tank and use it when ready. I'm doing this with my 10 gallon. My 10 gallon has an HOB filter and is cycled. I added in a sponge filter and I'm letting it gather bacteria for a while before I'm gonna use it in a new tank!!

    Hope that was some sort of help.
  7. Mom2someWell Known MemberMember

    What fish do you have in each tank? How are you currently doing your fish in cycle? Are you using a bacterial starter?
  8. RyanbyunnNew MemberMember

    I have a Betta in my 5 gal, and I think I might just move decor from my 10 gal to my 5 gal
  9. Mom2someWell Known MemberMember

    Decor doesn't have as much beneficial bacteria on it as filter material does. It may help, but not too much.

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