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Old 04-09-2014, 11:33 AM   #11
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keep some extra filter media in the back of your filter...
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Old 04-09-2014, 12:44 PM   #12
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Like add a source of ammonia directly?
yes.

you need a good environment for the bacteria to grow then add the ammonia for the food source and the bacteria will grow. You have to figure out how much to dose and then once the bacteria starts growing you will have to figure out a daily dose of ammonia to keep it alive.

Your basically fishless cycling except you wont ever add fish, instead you have to add a daily ammonia source to keep it alive
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I just add a sponge in my canister filter and use the sponge in a new tank when needed.
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Old 04-10-2014, 06:36 PM   #14
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Yeah, I wouldn't overthink it. If you need spare biomedia for quick startups, just put some extra in your filter. If you nuked your filter in the tank then odds are the biomedia contraption will get nuked also.

Nitrifying bacteria are pretty resilient little buggers, anyhow, it takes a pretty devastating action to kill them off substantially, like adding an effective antibiotic or harsh chemical.
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