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people talking about puttin amonia in tanks to cycle?? I have never done that. I would go to pet store or get from another tand bottom dirty water and it seemed to do the trick or get established filter from another tank. THis is still viable isnt it. I will be starting a new 20 gal soon. Also cant u get start right to help as well?? ty

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Eh. There's not much bacteria in established tank water.

Actually, there's a lot of debate regarding this fact. I believe it to be true. Many people disagree. Filter media is the best, in my opinion.
 

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I've only ever used filters from another tank, but there are some "starter" culture products in a bottle that may or may not work. It's still just a start, you will still need to cycle the tank with ammonia or fish.

I used to try to save old water, but it's just full of nitrates, and not beneficial bacteria.
 

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even a squeeze from an established tanks filter sponge can help
 
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