My two boys will be moving into a divided 20 gallon tank in about three weeks or so.
The issue is that I will only be home for the summer before I have to move them and the new tank out to my new house/apartment for college in August, and I don't want to have to worry about cycling or breaking the cycle when that happens.
Should I cycle the tank? Is that my only option? If I don't intentionally cycle it, will it do so on its own, and do I need to worry about spikes?
Will I need to re-do everything when I move again? (It's a four hour, high speed, somewhat bumpy drive across the Rocky Mountains).
It will be filtered with two sponge filters hooked up to a single pump, heated, and will have live plants.