I currently have a tank running, it is planted with Java fern and has puffers in it. I'd like to start a second tank up for a Betta, can I jump start the 2nd tank using good squeeze from my cycled filters?
Also would it help if I put a small amount of gravel to be used in the new tank in a stocking in my current tank for the bacteria to grow on. Once the cycle has started using a squeeze and the gravel, would putting 50ish small ramshorn snails in and feeding them on algae wafer be enough to keep the cycle going and fully cycle the tank before the Betta is purchased?
I'm also worried that by squeezing the good bacteria in the filter from my current tank into the new one may cause my current to recycle by reducing the amount of bacteria in my filter. Is this a possibility as my puffs are my priority and if I have to cycle the new tank the old fashioned fishless way I can?