Help Trying To Seed A Filter Sponge For New Aquarium Without Transferring Pest Snails

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I currently have an established 10 gallon tank with 2 mollies and 3 platys. I am upgrading to a 29 gallon tank. I would like to seed a new filter sponge, by adding it to my current filter, to transfer over to the new tank to speed up the cycle but I don't want to transfer the pest snails that I currently have in the 10 gallon. So I guess I have two questions:

1. How long would I need to leave the new filter sponge in my current filter for it to become "seeded"?
2. How do I avoid transferring pest snail eggs to my new tank?
 

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1. 3-4 weeks, but you won't get enough bacteria on it, since the bioload remains the same. you might get 20-30% on the sponge.

2. i was thinking copper, but after some searching, copper can kill the bacteria too. you might try some snail traps or just manual removal. or do a completely new fishless cycle in the new tank.
 
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