12-02-2009, 02:41 AM
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If you are not going to add one or two fish,then yes you will need to add a couple drops of ammonia every other day to keep the bacteria (good kind) from borrowed material alive.
Must either be fish ,to produce ammonia through waste,or drops of ammonia.
Should you decide to use fish (one or two),, then I would do sizeable water change to remove the ammonia you have been adding. Then test the water a couple hours later for ammonia. If you get zero for ammonia,then you can add one or two small fish and they will then become source of ammonia for the bacteria in the borrowed filter material to feed on.
Is important to keep the borrowed filter material wet in aquarium water (NOT TAPWATER) while transporting it to your tank. Once fish or fishes have been added,feed sparingly and test the water each day to ensure that ammonia and nitrites do not become toxic. This should not happen if bacterial colony on filter material you borrowed stays wet and is moved quickly(within a few hours) from your friends tank to yours.
When ammonia and nitrites read zero and you detect NITRATES, then weekly water changes each week and not overfeeding or overstocking,,will provide you and your fish with many hours ,days,months,of enjoyment.
If you wish to wait until tank has matured before placing the fish in the tank, then once the borrowed material is placed in your tank, continue to add a couple drops of ammonia each day ,or every other day ,until ammonia and nitrites read zero, and NITRATES appear. Then do 70 to 80 percent water change using dechlorinator for new water .and add fish (not too many). Good Luck!