Ok so I have a 125 gallon tank that's been up and running for about 4 months now but just bought a new 29 gallon and want to use stuff from the old tank to help cycle the new tank. The problem is the new 29g has a HOB Aqua-Tech 20-40 (from Wal-Mart) filter and our 125g has a Rena xP3 canister filter. So what exactly should I take out of the canister filter to put in the HOB filter? Keep in mind that the HOB on the 29g is pretty small so should I take a few of the bio stars and maybe the microfiltration pad? What about gravel, is it ok to hang some in a pantyhose or something similar, will that be beneficial? Any other suggestions would be appreciated!!
p.s. I'd also like some stocking ideas, we want to try a dwarf cichlid tank so any suggestions about those and tankmates would be appreciated, thanks!