Will Media Remain Cycled If Left Out Of Water?

  1. april_fish

    april_fish Valued Member Member

    I switched filters for my 10g tank and I took the filter cartridge out of the water. The cartridge has been sitting out of the water for a couple weeks. Is it still able to cycle a tank? My friend is getting a betta soon and she wants her tank to cycle fast. If I give her the filter cartridge will it be able to instantly cycle her tank?

    Thanks :)
  2. JesseMoreira06

    JesseMoreira06 Well Known Member Member

    nop , it's completely dried at this point so all the beneficial bacteria has died off.

    you can still use it but it's starting all over from scratch.
  3. MikeRad89

    MikeRad89 Well Known Member Member

    No. The media needs to remain wet, oxygenated, and fed with ammonia or the bacteria dies within 48 hours.

  4. FishFish221

    FishFish221 Well Known Member Member

    The bacteria would have all died if the cartridge is dry.
  5. OP

    april_fish Valued Member Member

  6. JesseMoreira06

    JesseMoreira06 Well Known Member Member

    TSS+ will help speed up the process or seachem stability which ever you rather use.

    Pure ammonia still needs to be used if your doing a fish less cycle.
  7. R

    RyanLewis Valued Member Member

    The media has to stay wet or the bacteria will die
  8. jdhef

    jdhef Moderator Moderator Member

    SafeStart would cycle a tank the fastest, then pure ammonia and lastly fish food. The reason fish food would take longer than pure ammonia is that it takes awhile ofter being put in the tank for the fish food to start decomposing and produce ammonia, plus with fish food, it is nearly impossible to control the ammonia level.

    Since your friend seems in a real hurry to get a fish, I would just do a fish-in cycle using Tetra SafeStart.