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Aquatic Plants Digest V6 #270
- To: Aquatic-Plants at actwin_com
- Subject: Aquatic Plants Digest V6 #270
- From: Mike Wickham <mewickham at compuserve_com>
- Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2003 12:42:10 -0400
>> Basically...when initially setting up a new tank....should I fill it,
>> add some hardy 'cycling' fish and "Cycle"( or similar bacteria
>> and wait for the "30 day cycle" to complete before I add
>> plants....OR...do I plant right after I fill it...then add the hardy
>> fish and bacteria additive?
Plant right away. If you plant heavily from the start, your tank is likely
to experience no cycle at all for two reasons: 1) the plants bring a
jillion nitrifying bacteria with them to populate the tank, and 2) plants
utilize ammonia directly as a food source. When you have a lot of plants,
they utilize a lot of ammonia.
I've set up heavily planted tanks with full fish loads many times, and
never been able to detect a trace of ammonia or nitrite in those tanks.
Note: the keyword here is "heavily" planted. If you set up with only a few
sparse sprigs of plant, it won't work.