The use of an established filter will aid in completing a cycle, but remember that the cycle adjusts each time the load on it is increased. Also, remember that a cycle has to be maintained - an ammonia source needs to be present to sustain it. I've read about people putting an established filter into a tank with no fish or other inhabitanta for extended periods - not good for the bacteria which depend on ammonia and nitrates as sources!!
standard 55 lbs LR
, 60 lb live sand, 10 gal
sump/refugium. Urchin skimmer, mag7 pump, 3 x 96W PC
combination 10,000K/actinic bulb, 2 blue LED moonlights
1.024, temp 79.5, pH 8.4
Livestock I added:
1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata
, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids.
assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.
Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)
List of possible/likely newcomers:
Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.