02-06-2014, 09:13 PM
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Regardless of how much you hate it, Bobs method is a viable method. May not be the best option but regardless it is viable. My methods are somewhat similar but that has nothing to do here nor there. Plants without compare are the easiest way to cycle or jump start a tank short of mature media. I really don't know the last time I started a tank any other way. I have mature media too... its just more effort to transfer it over. Tho mines quicker start up, higher input, higher output, lotta fish, lotta plants. I'd be stocked before you were anywhere near cycled. Cycling is one way to start a tank... its not at all required. For the same effect I can heavily stock a tank and not use a filter on it and have better water quality then if it was cycled with a filter. Plants are much more then a safety net.
Also nothing wrong with using baking soda either it specifically effects kH and not gH. Crushed coral and aragonite are going to effect both gH and kH. Gypsum.... if you care to know will effect only gH. I use baking soda and/or gypsum preferably. Buffers don't cause drastic pH swings since they are fairly neutral, really not sure why ppl think they do. I don't test my water much but I do play chemist way more then I care to......
Last edited by wake49; 02-07-2014 at 01:28 PM..
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