Oase Biomaster 350 And Seed Material

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by Driftwoods, Apr 22, 2018.

  1. DriftwoodsNew MemberMember

    So essentially I am currently mid cycle with ammonia on a 125 litre with an Oase Biomaster 350 canister.

    To seed the tank my local pet shop gave me some of their filter material (not sure what it's called but but it looks like a bit like a white nut or white round with hole in the middle).

    The issue is that this filter material seems to have had fish skin attached to it as when I have turned the filter off for a second the fish skin has come into the tank in little clouds. When the filter is left on through it didn't cause a problem as it stays in the filter.

    I'm worried about 2 things- one is that the fish skin may clog up the filter. I could give it a clean in tank water but I'm concerned about ruining my cycle.

    Secondly I'm concerned that the fish skin will cause an issue to my fish when they are put in? Might be a silly worry but this is my first tank and even though I have done so much research I don't seem to be able to find anything on this :)
  2. pugletfanWell Known MemberMember

    Maybe you could rinse it in some tank water in a bucket and put it in a mesh biomedia bag.
  3. DriftwoodsNew MemberMember

    Of course! A biomedia bag. Why did I not think of that. *Palm face moment*

    I think you give sound advice! I'm just very fond of my precious bacteria :) I'm guessing that just removing any solids from the filter material won't cause too much of an issue as long as I don't do too much squeezing? I guess it would only be the same as doing a clean to a cycled tank.