Hello, all! New to the forum, hello, hello, here are my specs:
10g. with some guppies and a small RC (actually blue pearl, but same thing) shrimp colony, and
3g. with Bilbo Bettins, a rosetail, purplish/reddish/yellowish metallic guy.
Both tanks are cycled, yes, and I do weekly water changes for both. Both have a filter that is stronger than necessary for the tank (though in Bilbo's tank, I have a plant in front of the output so that more than half of the water is virtually still)...
And I have a question I wanted to pick your brains with! We know how cycling works, you put a filter in a tank full of ammonia and eventually nice bacteria takes away the ammonia, poos nitrite, and more bacteria comes to take that, and how adding filter media, gravel, or deco from an established tank can speed up the process exponentially, but...
What if your new filter media is small enough to fit IN an established filter?
I'm starting a 3g. betta bowl (for the future Frodo Bettins). I know I don't NEEEEED a filter, but wow, it does make water changes easier. I have no water in it yet, nothing set up, but I have bought the filter and it just so happens that the filter media is small enough to fit IN the filter I have on the 10g! So... I stuck it there. Can only help, right?
I figure to be safe, I'll still have to use my water test kit and try to cycle it traditionally after it's been sitting in the established, but... What do you think? Do you think it'll be ready as soon as I stick it in the bowl?
And when do you think it will be ready? Cycling takes forever and seeding a tank can reduce the time to a third, but this is as direct as one can get... Maybe it'll only take a week, which has already gone by since I stuck it in there.
TL;DR: Does putting new filter media in an established filter WITH the established media reduce or eliminate cycling time?
For your viewing pleasure, Bilbo's 2 before, and 2 after pictures (about two months apart): http://imgur.com/a/8poel