Instant Cycling Betta Tank

Callisto405

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The other day my dad came home with 3 gallon cube tank w/ a betta and 2 small whisker shrimp. He asked me to set it up for him. I reminded him that the tank should have been cycled before buying a fish. So what I did is take a piece of extra sponge I keep in my tank (for this exact purpose) and dropped it in his tank and I gave him 2 Marimo moss balls that have been in my tank for 2+ months and haven't been cleaned so they should be loaded with good bacteria. I also added some fluval cycle bio enhancer. I think this will be enough to instant cycle it. I will be testing along the way as well. What say you?
 

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That should work. I would put the cycled media on/near the filter for the new tank, so the BB can populate it quicker. This is very similar to how I instant cycled my tanks. Or I take a media bag and fill it with gravel from an established tank.
 

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It won't provide an "instant cycle" but will jump start it considerably. Test daily and water change when necessary. Most of my tanks have been cycled with a similar method, it does cut a major corner
 
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