Originally Posted by dancersmama79
when i start cycling the 5gal with both filters and with the plants and stones from dancers previous tank, do i need to add ammonia as well? ive heard several articles mention fishless cycling using ammonia. ive heard its faster and was thinking i could keep him in his current container while cycling the new tank??? ive also read that its not a good thing to replace the filters that often only when its absolutely necessary???
Fishless cycling is no faster than fish in cycling. You absolutely do not want to add ammonia to any tank that contains a fish or invertebrate. Fish give off ammonia.
I would put him in his new tank as soon as you get it. If his old tank hasn't finished cycling by the time you get the new one it doesn't matter. You move the filter and finish the cycle in the new tank. It won't start again from the beginning.
Do not replace filter media until it is literally fall apart. Then you put the new media in next to the old so the new gets bacteria on it.