I wanted to get some opinions on how to cycle dry rock in the old, reliable brute trash can. I have an existing aquarium that has been up and running for about a year and I’m in the process of building out a larger aquarium. I’d like to start curing the dry rock now for 2-3 months so I don’t need something like MicroBacter that works in about a week. I’m going to add the dry rock, a heater, a small pump for flow, and a rock from the existing tank to seed the bacteria.
First question - any other equipment you would add? (air pump, etc)
Next, I’m thinking through easy ways to feed the bacteria. I know there are a variety of kits you can buy. I’ve also heard of plenty of DIY ideas - let a raw shrimp rot, use carbon dosing, throw in an old sump sock or dirty filter floss, add old water from an existing tank, etc. Personally I’m leaning towards rinsing out my spent filter floss as the easiest DIY solution or an inexpensive kit.
Second question - what has worked for you to feed the bacteria?
Also did read an good thread on this from a few years go.