10-18-2011, 01:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Byron
With sufficient plants, there will be no "cycle" to speak of. Bacteria will still establish, but minimally due to the plants grabbing much of the ammonia. So there is no cycling problems for the fish. Fish must be minimal though, I can suggest possible ones when I know what fish you are planning. Also, the tank must be fairly well planted. A floating plant is especially useful as floaters are always fast growing.
The idea is that plants grab much of the ammonia, and they assimilate it as a nutrient (nitrogen). Nitrite is not a by-product of this, so there is no cycle. However, some nitrosomonas bacteria will colonize surfaces, but with enough plants they will be very few, and the secondary nitrite will be so low as to be undetectable with a test kit.
Hmm good to know! I did order a few plants but none of them are floating plants. The plants I ordered I posted above. As far as fish I was planning on some peppered/Juli corys and maybe a few glow lights nothing is set in stone yet though I'm open for suggestions as it is only a 10 gallon