So, I bought a 10 gallon tank from my friend yesterday to upgrade from my 1 gallon. He had fish for a very long time and they recently died so I was under the assumption I wouldn't have to nitrogen cycle it for as long, just do chemical tests and such.
However, the pump he gave me is an aquatech 40-60, I'm not even sure how his fish survived for so many years with the turbulence this thing produces. It is massive for this tank.
I plan on picking up a small 7-15 gallon pump sometime soon, my question is how is the best way to go about cycling my tank?
I know the bacteria grows on surfaces, there were lots of ornaments but they have all been removed and dried, and about 1/3 of the tank is the water his fish lived in (filtered and clean).
I plan on housing my betta and maybe a few shrimp.