05-24-2010, 04:39 AM
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Originally Posted by MrWynO14
I just put my 5 gallon tank back up, and want to try and speed up the cycling process with some gravel from my other tank thats already cycled. I was thinking of putting a good amount of gravel behind the bio-pad on an Aquatech 5-10 gallon HOB filter. With this being said, how much quicker do you think it will speed the process up? A lot? Not that much?
Quite a bit. Some filter material from your cycled tank stuffed in the aquatech would work a bit better in my opinion. the beneficial bacteria usually only inhabits the first few centimeters of the substrate or (gravel) but using both would be my choice.
I would place about a cup full of gravel from the cycled tank into a a mesh bag, or toe section of a pair of ladies nylons. Would gently push this into the gravel of the five gal and leave it for ten days or,, hang it in front of return flow from the aqua tech if tank is to be bare bottom.Would then place some filter material from the cycled tank behind the black bio pad of the aqua tech. Would provide near instant cycled five gal tank.
Do take note that without a food source for the bacteria (ie) fish waste,fish food, the bacteria will begin to die off.
Will need to add three or four small fish to the five gal after you place the used gravel and filter material in the tank or feed the tank a little fish food each day to keep bacteria alive.