That'd take weeks and no guarantee that the sponge would harbor enough bacteria to handle the fish load after spending all those week seeding.dude just buy a sponge filter and throw it in an already cycled tank let it seed till they come and itll cycle immediatly when you put the spongue and fish in..
It does take just as long. The benefits are many, but shortening cycle time isn't one of them. Seeding is the way to shorten cycle time and when you mix it with fishless cycling, you get the best of both worlds. 7-10 days to fully cycle with no spikes or exposure to toxins even when adding a full load of fish right away.that fishless cycle seems like a huge pain and takes just as long as cycling the tank by adding 2 fish every 4 or so days... big waste of time if you ask me..
I've done this myself, but always tested it out by adding ammonia. If seeding was effective, it adds a day or two. If it wasn't, then be glad there's not fish in the tank. It's an extra level of caution that I'd recommend when I'm dealing with someone else's fish. There are just too many variables that can affect the effectiveness of seeding sponge filters.I've yet to have a problem cycling tanks by seeding cultures in sponges in already established tanks
Maybe yes, maybe no. My point is that you can't always guarantee that will work. If a sponge is gunked up with little or no flow, it may not. Even if clean, no guarantee. I have tested this by moving seasoned sponges and adding some ammonia. Often some days were needed to process that ammonia. It's up to each how cautious we want to be with this.the bacteria in the filters of the already cycled tanks ensure they wont have a spike.. the sponges are just a good buffer
The nitrifying bacteria attaches itself to surfaces, yes, very little in gunky water.Bodenhimer said:you mean the thick gunky muddy water under the gravel doesnt have this??? Its only attached to the rocks and or gravel???
OK where do i get this amonia and how do i use it???? :?