instant cycling a 10 gallon

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    santiderek Valued Member Member

    hi im planning to breed my bosemani in a 10 gallon tank.
    my question is if i put a sponge filter from the 75 gallon main tank to the 10 gallon will it instantly cycle? i have had the sponge filter for month now in the 75 gallon.
     
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    evan47 Valued Member Member

    as long as you put a source of ammonia (fish) in there too it will certainly help speed things up. just keep an eye on your water parameters.
    some substrate and/or other items from the donor tank that have been in there for a while and have developed a biofilm will also help.
    using a water conditioner like bioactive tapsafe wouldnt do any harm either.
    be sure to keep an eye on the donor tank too.
     
  3. ppate1977

    ppate1977 Well Known Member Member

    The last 5 aquariums I have set up,one of my own and 4 friends, have all instantly cycled, just by using extra media I always keep in my filters. As long as the bioload is slightly less in the new set up than in the tank you are taking the used filter from you will be fine.
     
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    santiderek Valued Member Member

    thank you for response guys.
    i have a heave stock 75. and im just gona add 2 bosemani in the 10 gallon
     
  5. ppate1977

    ppate1977 Well Known Member Member

    You should be good to go from the instant you set up the tank.