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Old 05-05-2021, 08:20 AM   #1
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Seeding from established tank

I have a 5 year old well established reef tank and I am starting up a new tank. Would it help the cycling process to use the sponge filter media from the old tank.
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Old 05-05-2021, 11:04 AM   #2
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Definitely - the new would be effectively cycled - though you should monitor ammonia/nitrite the first week after adding fishes. Also i would not move the seeded material until you are ready to add at least a few fishes since the bacteria needs ammonia to stay alive. You will likely see a spike in the 0.5 range and if it concerns you can put in a few drops of sachem prime or equivalent.
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Should I add a fish or something like shrimp
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Fish would be good - esp something disposable like a guppy or tetra and monitor the water the first week - do not add shrimp they are far more sensitive and even a tiny blib can kill them - also they don't produce enough bio load to be interesting.
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Im probably stating the obvious, but dont put guppies or tetras in a saltwater / reef tank.
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Lol thanks
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