Originally Posted by aunt kymmie
I'll put in a dozen or so MTS. The problem with adding media from my display is that it's a wet/dry filter. When needed would I just take out a few bioballs and let them float around in the 10gl??
Ahh,I see. (no mechanical material ? pads,foam,sponges)
Were it me,I would then use the snails and as mentioned,the combination of fish food (sparingly),to feed the snails and waste created by them ,,should keep a colony of bacteria alive.
Another option would be to add some biological media perhaps enclosed in a small mesh bag to the biological media you already have. Then when you need some seed material, you could simply remove the bag holding the media,and place it in the filter or hang it in front of return flow on the ten gal.
A small sponge filter hidden in display tank might also be considered but some folks don't appreciate them for aesthetic reasons.Then when you need to set up quarantine,you could simply move the sponge filter to the quarantine tank and you have instant biological filter already colonized.
Have also placed a small mesh bag of media (ceramic noodles,beads,Eheim substrat Pro) in my main tank and just let it set out of site on substrate. Bacteria will colonize this media just as it does the substrate.
A cup full is usually sufficient.