Well, as most of you know, once you get into this stuff, new tanks are inevitable.
Most of my schemes fail, so tell it to me straight.
I have a 55 that is cycled and knock on wood, running perfectly in regard to water tests. Nothing has died in the last two weeks, my four rams are doing great, and since getting rid of the hornwort, which I think served its purpose well, I am seeing NEW GROWTH on most plants. So..I am feeling pretty good about things. Oh I am also growing shrimp, as we speak.
I am gonna get a 20 gallon. I am gonna load in some extra gravel and wood in my 55 for several weeks, and when ready, transfer that to the 20, along with a lot, 15 or so gallons from the big tank (less what I drink when siphoning!!!).
With "cured" wood, plants gravel and water, but new filter, will this tank cycle or will it already have enough of the two bacterias to not have to cycle? If it will cycle, will it be fast, or not able to tell?
Hope this makes sense, and thanks, as always for your comments.