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Lots on plants in a new un-cycled tank
I'm getting ready to set up a new 75g tank. It's going to be
heavily planted. Will I still see the normal ammonia and
nitrite spikes during cycling? My thought is that the plants
will consume the ammonia and nitrites, so the bacteria don't
end up with any, and therefore, the bacteria colony won't grow
as it would in a non-planted tank. Is this correct?
Should I cycle the tank without a full plant-load? Or will it
cycle just fine even with the plants. It seems that if it will
cycle normally, the ammonia and nitrite levels will probably be
kept much lower by the plants.