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Debated on wether to post this here or the DIY page, but since it IS a filtration question, here goes. In my adventure to build my DIY Wet / Dry filter I want to speed up the cycle time on my 180g project. I have 15 pot-scrubbies that I plan on using for part of the the Bio media. Would it be feasable to pre-seed these by soaking them in a 5g bucket filled with the dirty tank water from my gravel vacuuming? Considering that it contains a good amount of pooh and uneaten food as the amonia source, and it is replenished with a new supply of dirty water every week. I can check the Amonia / Nitrite / Nitrate levels and monitor the progess... But is this a fruitless effort? What if I put an Airstone in the bucket to provide aggitation and oxygen?
Once the new tank is set-up and running I want to move my fish from their 40g to their new home, taking with them their existing gravel just adding more of the same, the majority of the water, and their lace-rock. All in an attempt to transfer as much benificial bacteria as possible...
 

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natalie559 said:
Hoosier Tank said:
Considering that it contains a good amount of pooh and uneaten food as the amonia source
Uneaten food in a mbuna tank?! I have never heard or seen such a thing :)
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True, didn't think of how the pellets barely have a chance to hit the gravel :lol:

Good points about utilizing the established tank / media I have... What I did not mention is after transfering my Mbuna to their 180, I would like to keep my existing HOB filters on the 40g, add my new rocks and gravel to it and transfer my 25-30 fry into it that are outgrowing their two 10g tanks.
Maybe I could transfer one of the Whisper 60's to assist the 180 short term...
Still interested on "Preseeding the pot-scrubbies" I do have an older DIY canister that I can put another 10 or so into and get it running in the 40g for the next couple of weeks. Still a far cry from the number I will be using in the wet/dry....
 

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D-007 said:
Thread some fishing line through some pot scrubbies and hang them in front of the outlet of your HOB so that the water runs over/through them. They'll get seeded pretty quick and be ready to be placed in your 180g. 1 week will be good, 2 would be better.
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Oh even better yet... that one I can do easily

prov356 said:
That'd work. You don't need to seed them all. Just lay the seeded ones on top of unseeded when setting up. I'd go for at least 2 weeks also.

Once you add them to the wet/dry, do a fishless cycle to finish it out. I'm always cautious this way myself. Should only take about a week or so to cycle this way and then you can add the mbuna with peace of mind.
Believe it or not, thats what I was trying to avoid. :? I know hundreds here have done it, I've read the countless pages of posts. But adding amonia to a new tank scares the willikers out of me. I've cycled tanks from scratch for years and thought by pre-seeding the potscrubbies I could shorten the time considerably. But if a fishless cycle is still the best way to finish it off, I can give it a shot.
 

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17 Mbuna, all sub-adults. and 1 B/N plec in the 40 currently. Plan on gradually increaseing the #'s in the 180.
Also there is 2 whisper 60's in there now, so I could almost sting pott-scrubbies across the entire back of the tank.
I mentioned my DIY canister, it's powered by a maxi-jet 1200. Here it is and I will be re-installing it this weekend full of more new scrubbies. I originally had planned on adding longer hoses and transfering this to the new tank, but didn't think these alone would be enough so started the "soak in a bucket" process...
 
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