02-17-2013, 03:50 PM
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Originally Posted by yellowbrickroad
Thanks Byron, I'll admit I'm finding it a little confusing, as a complete newbie, that there seem to be 2 schools of thought; fishless cycling or planted tank. Is fishless cycling more designed for tanks with fake plants? Probably if I'd come here first I'd have gone for the fully planted option but now I feel a little like I'd have wasted the last few weeks fishless cycling! as I said in a previous thread, I'm not confident yet maintaining the plant's health so I'd rather start slowly with plants and see what grows well in my water and with my lighting, so hopefully my fishless cycling efforts won't have been completely wasted! Sorry that this is now a bit of topic from my original post. Thanks for all your advice.
I've only ever gone with live plants from day 1. But fishless cycling is worth it if there are no live plants. If you have some fast-growing plants, and here floating are ideal, a few initial fish will have no issues.