Subject: Re: Cycling
by EagleC on 4/6/2008 21:02:07
Yes, make sure the filter media is only out the tank for a few minutes (30 at the most) or the bacteria could start to die off.
By "mini-cycle" I mean that you will have removed some mature filter media (media that is full of good bacteria that eats the ammonia and nitrite) so there is a chance that ammonia and nitrite will climb a little before the bacteria culture recovers. Like when the tank cycles, but less severe. You could get this mini-cycle in either tank or both. A mini-cycle is easy to control and keep safe with water testing and small water changes.