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Concur with all by DJRansome, with a bit more.
The process of getting beneficial filtration bacteria from the established filtration media of an existing aquarium is called 'inoculation'. This is best done by using a smaller container such as mixing bowl or small pail, and a small amount of tank water. Transferring the bacteria is best accomplished by using foam media, and consists of vigorously rubbing the wetted surfaces of both foam filtration pieces against each other.
The beneficial bacteria will grow back/repopulate very quickly on established media surfaces, permitting the 'inoculation' procedure to be done on a daily basis with other, various pieces of new filtration foam. I've personally found that doing this process will substantially enhance the grow out rate of the beneficial bacteria, dramatically shortening the time required to completely cycle the aquarium.
 

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You haven't said how large this aquarium is you are working with. But if it is anything much bigger than 30 gallons? Sustaining the required water changes needed to properly dilute those nitrates and organic toxins produced as waste materials by your fish, will be almost impossible to maintain by using buckets for those water changes.



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