Cycling tank, ready to add fish?

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I'm not new to the hobby but I have a question about cycling a betta/cory cat tank. I have a 20 gal tank that has been set up 2 days. I added driftwood to the tank for tannins. Plan to house a betta and cory cats. I have a well established tank ( 5 years old) that I added an extra filter to and ran alongside my main filter for 3 months. I plan to pop this filter and media into my new tank and add beneficial bacteria then and for the next two days. Do you think I'm good to go adding a betta and cories? Thanks!
 

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You can do one of two things;
Add ammonia and see how quicly the tank clears the ammonia and nitrites.
Add a few fish at a time and keep testing the water daily doing a large water change if ammonia or nitrites appear.
 
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You can do one of two things;
Add ammonia and see how quicly the tank clears the ammonia and nitrites.
Add a few fish at a time and keep testing the water daily doing a large water change if ammonia or nitrites appear.
Ok thank you!
 

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If you plant the tank that will help as well. Floating plants are particularly useful for removing ammonia and bettas also appreciate them.
 
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Thank you, I do have moss balls in the b bottom and hornwort floating.
 

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He'll enjoy having hornwort; the stems will make a nice tangle for him to explore :)
 
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He'll enjoy having hornwort; the stems will make a nice tangle for him to explore :)
I hope he likes his tank and plants etc. I'm like a little kid in a candy store when it comes to fish. Can't wait to get another one or ones. Lol. Already thinking of my next tank after this
 
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