cycling by adding established bio balls?

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    bigmoney

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    Has anyone every attempted to cycle a new tank by adding bio balls from an established tank?

    I read somewhere that you could short-cut the cycling time by:
    1) adding your salt water and waiting a couple days.
    2) swapping out 1/3 (or so) of your bio balls with bio balls from an established tank.
    3) wait 24 hours, test the water and then potentially add a fish or two.
     
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    if you take the filters and water from an old tank you should see very little cycle.
     
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    if your seasoned bio balls are good, you can do as you mentioned, however, one or two small fish. recommend you take it slow. test test test water parameters and add fish at least two weeks apart, unless very small.
     
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