Start cycle with skimmate?


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I filled up my 12g yesterday and aquascaped some base rock to my liking. I also added one ~2# piece of live rock to seed the rest of the rock.

I was thinking about what might speed the growth of bacteria on the new rocks, and I thought of adding more organic material to decay.

So, I emptied the skimmate (about 1/2cup ) from my other tank into the new one. I would think this should work similarly as adding a piece of shrimp with the added benefits of the material already being dissolved into water and already having the nitrobacters from my other tank.

Is this sound logic?


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Yea It would have cycled anyway but nothing wrong with what you did. I would have added water from water change to the new tank. That will help also. I wouldn't add anymore skimmate.