It would make a difference, I think because removed from the tank water, the bacteria would die off especially after a few years. I've done the fish in cycle and it works well as long as you don't stock too many fish at a time and of course do water changes religiously.. I did lose one or two fish so I suggest you don't put in delicate or expensive fish at first and especially not the betta :3
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