Karen B. Posted September 2, 2021 Share Posted September 2, 2021 Greeting! I am not sure I understand the whole « seeding a new aquarium » process… I take the media of a filter, the dirtier, the better, and then squeeze it in a brand new aquarium? Won’t the water turn like completely brown and the substrate get all mucky? Or is that the goal? (And after some time gravel vacuum I suppose?) How long after seeding an aquarium is it ready/considered cycled? There won’t be any ammonia but just beneficial bacteria from the filter? Won’t those die before ammonia appear? I disinfected my aquarium, boiled the substrate, and I am adding the filter that used to run on my 20 gallons with its media. I have this hospital tank unused where I used to dump my WC to cycle the filter. I have never cleaned it. Should I squeeze all it’s media in my new disinfected aquarium to speed the cycling process (the aquarium will house a betta) Or should I squeeze the dirty media of the hospital aquarium in said aquarium and run the new filter I want to install on my 20 gallons to seed it instead so when I switch filter, there is less chance of crashing my cycle (I do have a medium sponge filter running in it too that will stay there) And then I confuse all that with crisp, clean water. Does that include vacuuming the substrate? But then someone told me since I have corydoras, it’s important to leave some muck for them to search through. And it’s all fine to seed filter and dirty them to make sure I have BB but at some point when I stop my 20 gallons filter to do a WC, when I start it back it pollutes the water with the muck accumulated (and that I can’t clean because 1 - I read you don’t WC and clean filters at the same time and 2 - I need it to be dirty to seed the 10 gallons I will transfer it too). I feel stupid. Maybe it’s because english is not my main langage, but there seem to be so many contradictions, especially with must have muck… but crystal clear water is a must! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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