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I was going to ask the same so thanks for the info :) Is there no danger of my bacteria colonies that I've been growing in the cycle dying, given that this is a brand new tank? There will be a few days between me getting the plants and the fish.

Regarding my wondering about the emerald dwarf rasbora, yes it was the part in the profile about compatibility; I didn't realise it did not apply to substrate fish.
I wouldn't worry about the bacteria. You want the plants using the ammonia/ammonium, and they out-compete bacteria all else being equal. Add fish slowly, just a few to start with, and there will be no issues. And, nitrifying bacteria are not quite as "delicate" as some believe.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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