Hello everyone, Sorry for the long post. I was wondering what others have experienced when using seeded filter media. I recently moved to my new apt and set my 55g, knowing I wanted this one set up when I got settled in I placed the bio media in the matured filters of another tank. They were in there for about three weeks before I set up the 55. Now having filled the 55 and placed the media in the new filter, dosed with prime and put some of my black skirt tetras in there to help establish some bacteria I have only reached maybe .25 ppm
of ammonia, 0 nitrites and 5ppm nitrates checked every other day for a week. I have done a fish in cycle before and it worked out well for me since I have a lot of free time when not at work. That is how I started the other tanks but have never used "seeded" media before. I have heard stories about an "instant cycle" that lasts maybe a few weeks when using seeded media. any thought?