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Old 09-23-2012, 11:23 PM   #1 
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Importing bacteria

I'm sorry for the crappy title, I couldn't think of anything else to call it.

I have a fully cycled 3 gallon tank. Yay! :)
I have a no where close to be cycled 5.5 gallon tank. Boooo! :(

I was to move some bacteria from my 3 into my 5.5 to kinda help things along. I have heard pieces of filter, gravel, decorations, etc but pieces of filter work the best, which is what I would like to use since that's where all the good stuff is.

How would I do this with a regular filter?

And by regular I mean a Tetra Whisper (I think it's the 3i, since it's a 3 gallon tank...It just came with the tank when I got it). The filter cartridge is just your regular cartridge, full of what I'm assuming is carbon? How would I move a chunk of filter from the 3 gallon to the 5.5 without making a giant mess, and potentially making my tank harmful for my fish.

Or would it be easier to just get some gravel in a lingerie bag and put it under the filter in my 5.5?

I think that all made sense, sorry if it didn't. I'm just a scatter brain tonight :)

Thanks!
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Old 09-24-2012, 03:07 AM   #2 
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throw some filter media near ur filter in the 3g...
after a week... put it in the 5g.
give it a squeeze to get the water out. BB are sticky, younwont lose them with the water...
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From my understanding, you could go either way but seeded gravel might take a bit longer to show results :)
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Old 09-24-2012, 12:02 PM   #4 
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Oh, okay.

I use a Fluval filter in the 5 gallon, so I'll just cut a chunk off of it and put it underneath the filter in the 3. Thanks :D
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you can also begin cycling ur 5 gal at the same time with some gravel XD... it will speed things up.
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