Neelie, the main thing with using products is : It doesn't work for everyone, and/or It's not as entirely natural as "making" it yourself in your own tank. There's a little bit of pride that comes from it as well, after completing it. Or at least, that's where I stand. I prefer cycling my own tanks. It might be easier for me though, because I can seed my tanks and it will cycle like *that. I'm just sayin'.
oh i totally understand! i really didnt mean to offend anyone! and im really sorry if i did, just for me personally it works and im so impatient that id never be able to look at an empty tank for weeks lol im just awful with taking short cuts and the easiest, fastest way. once there is a faster easier way i just abandon any other ways LOL. im really sorry guys! thats just me.... im a freak! with a big mouth lol
just, i guess in this particular case the chemicals would work easier and better than natural cycling.
^^^ i would get a few fish bags from the pet shop, fill them a lil with water from your tank and put the deco in there. easiest, safe, clean and will keep everything wet and safe
your fish should be ok in such a bag too. stand him in a vase with his bag to avoid puncturing or tipping over the bag. just make sure its a bit larger than what the petshop would use... they come in different sizes. also, you should regularly open the bag to allow oxygen in (when your feeding it'll happen anyways)
In that case, BAG everything. THe filter media, the plants, in large one gallon ziploc bags. GO ahead and bag your fishy as well. 1 gallon ziploc. Leaveabout a 1/4 of air, and put the plants/filter in the bottom of a bucket that won't get anything else put in it.
Put your fishy in the bucket on top, readily accessable to you, and open frequently; i'd say at least once every couple of hours.
try and open the plant/filter media bag at least twice a day, and add a sprinkle of fish food to it once a day.
3 days is a little extreme, but everything should clone okay.
You don't necessarily need to bag the aquarium plants, etc, but it'll be easier on the cycle, in my opinion, if you do. Either one would work fine, it just seems that three days on the road will be easier and with fewer spills if you can isolate it all to a bucket.