07-06-2010, 02:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Inga
Oh Thanks for sharing that. I didn't know you had to squeeze them out into old aquarium water. If I ever start another tank, I could squeeze it into there to help cycle that tank, right? Yup, I have the fish bug, I might think about a second tank....soon.
Would squeeze the sponge into the filter compartment of the new tank to help seed the new filter but as mentioned earlier,I simply move the established sponge filter to the new tank and leave it for a few weeks until the filter on the new tank also develops a bacterial colony. then i move the sponge filter back to the large tank from whence it came.
The pourus material of sponge filter along with large surface area, allows tons of bacteria to gather on the surface and through out the sponge.
Simply squeezing the sponge out into the tank would not be nearly as effective as squezzing it out into the filter compartment of the new filter or placing the entire sponge filter in the new tank as mentioned.
Should note,, That bacteria need constant food source to continue to thrive. Placing the sponge or squeezings into the new tank will jumpstart the bacteria, but fish food or fish Waste is needed or bacteria begins to die off within hours.