Lfs Substrate Question

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So I just picked up a couple of handfuls of cycled media from one of my LFS's planted tanks. I want to introduce it to my cycling 10gallon planted tank but I'm curious... Is the best method of doing this to simply drop it in and let it mix with my existing substrate OR, should I add it to my filter's bio media compartment? I am setting up an Eheim Classic 150 tomorrow and could just as easily plop this gravel in with my bio media.

Does it matter?

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I would add it to the filter. That is where most of the bb is.
 

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Donthemon beat me to it. I agree - you will want to colonize the new media directly with the cycled media.
 
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Donthemon said:
I would add it to the filter. That is where most of the bb is.
Think it’ll keep in the plastic bag till tomorrow evening??
 

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Get a mesh bag and put it in that than just drop it into the tank till it’s ready to go into the filter. It is media from a filter and not gravel from a tank?
 
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86 ssinit said:
Get a mesh bag and put it in that than just drop it into the tank till it’s ready to go into the filter. It is media from a filter and not gravel from a tank?
It’s gravel from one of their tanks.
 

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Not sure what the plan is with that. Yes there is some bacteria on it so put it in a mesh bag and into your filter. Remove after a month. There’s not much bacteria in it so don’t throw a lot of fish in the tank. Maybe 2 Corys or 2 tetras would work. Give them a week and add another 2. Do that weekly till you end up with what you want
 
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86 ssinit said:
Not sure what the plan is with that. Yes there is some bacteria on it so put it in a mesh bag and into your filter. Remove after a month. There’s not much bacteria in it so don’t throw a lot of fish in the tank. Maybe 2 Corys or 2 tetras would work. Give them a week and add another 2. Do that weekly till you end up with what you want
Cool, I’ve currently got a Betta and two nerites in there. Probably just let them chill for a bit and watch my ammonia.
 
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