Cycling tank and biological additives

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I personally would remove a small portion of the seeded fluval sponge but only if the 30 gallon is completely cycled. Place the portion into the filter for the 112 gallon.
I am sort of new to this, but I have charcoal in both tanks should that be removed?
 
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The bio bacteria on the small portion will boost the process.
 

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I am sort of new to this, but I have charcoal in both tanks should that be removed?

I personally don't use activated charcoal in any of my filters. I only use it to remove meds which I haven't done in years. Personally add more Bio Media instead of the activated charcoal.
 
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I personally don't use activated charcoal in any of my filters. I only use it to remove meds which I haven't done in years. Personally add more Bio Media instead of the activated charcoal.

I feel that charcoal can mask problems. A healthy aquarium will have a slight earthy smell if everything is stable.
 
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I feel that charcoal can mask problems. A healthy aquarium will have a slight earthy smell if everything is stable.
I plan on removing it soon. But will this prevent cycling?
 
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I feel that charcoal can mask problems. A healthy aquarium will have a slight earthy smell if everything is stable.
Correction not the aquarium but the media.
 

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I have 6 aquariums up and running never used charcoal in any of them during the cycle process.
 
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I have 6 aquariums up and running never used charcoal in any of them during the cycle process.
I thought everyone was using it and it was needed, until i got on this forum and did a bit of research
 
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I thought everyone was using it and it was needed, until i got on this forum and did a bit of research

Yes not everyone uses it but it's their choice if they want to use activated charcoal.
 
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