Say you have established tanks.... how do you cycle a new tank?
Me, too. ^.^It's media and plants for me. If I know ahead of hand, I'll just put a filter (often times a sponge filter) in an established tank and let that gather BB and junk for a month. But plants. Plants all the way. Floaters and stems galore.
The benefit of using established media is an instant cycle.First choice, no cycle, lots of plants and fish right away. It cycles along the way anyway but the plants negate the need for it.
Second choice, fishless using fish food.
I don't really see the benefit in using existing established media so having an established tank is of no consequence.
Doing this the right way will mean an instantly cycled tank, it's cloning. Since it's instantly cycled would cloning even be considered cycling? From the start there's no ammonia or nitrite, and it runs no different from an established tank.The benefit of using established media is an instant cycle.
Its true. I agree with you and Tolak - transferring bacteria (however you get it from point a to b) is the only way to instantly cycle a tank.I know everyone but me loves plants, but the nice thing about media is that you don't have to worry about the bacteria dying. I know I know, no one has plants die on them.... Too, not everyone keeps live plants. Transferring media is something that ANYONE can do.
The canister(s) for the new 125 had previously been running for 3 years before I unplugged them. They're definitely established and the one that's on the tank now is clearing any ammonia I add.. . can't wait for that 125, J! I'd put the canister for IT on the another tank for a month or so, then just move it over to the new setup. . . 's gonna be awesome-sauce!