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post #1 of 4 Old 10-30-2017, 06:24 PM Thread Starter
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How long to seed a filter?

If I were to put a small filter in the HOB with a fully cycled filter...how long should I leave it in there to gather all the good stuff?

My little betta tank is new and I wanna help it along with the bacs from my cycled 30g

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post #2 of 4 Old 10-30-2017, 06:31 PM
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Why donít you just put a piece of the filter media from the cycled 30s filter in the Betta tanks filter? It would be cycled instantly that way. Otherwise, it would take a couple weeks maybe to just put the new filter on the old tank.

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Why donít you just put a piece of the filter media from the cycled 30s filter in the Betta tanks filter? It would be cycled instantly that way. Otherwise, it would take a couple weeks maybe to just put the new filter on the old tank.
I can do that too...just wasn't sure if the little piece would hold enough good bac to be beneficial

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30g Guppy/etc Tank
2.5g Betta Tank -"Fred"
2 Dogs- "Sam and Zeus"
2 Cats- "Mia and Indy"
3 Chickens- "Fricassee, Nugget and Alex"
1- Five year old son- "Christian"
And a partridddgggee in a pear treeee.
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post #4 of 4 Old 10-30-2017, 06:38 PM
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How long to seed a filter?

In all honesty, a little Betta tanks filter is small enough that you could just use old filters media and no new media in the new filter.

But back to using a piece - the bacteria doubles in size every 24 hours, so once the new media gets its biofilm coating, the bacteria will quickly colonize it.

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta

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