06-25-2013, 05:55 PM
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Originally Posted by truman
So I don't need to wait for anything? I just have to add the plants and then slowly add the fish?
Yes. The plants need nitrogen, and their preferred form is ammonium (ammonia), so they grab it. Provided there are not too many fish, and the plants are numerous and fast-growing, they will take up almost all of the ammonia the fish produce. Some will still get to the bacteria, but the advantage with plants is that they use the ammonia without producing nitrite which is also toxic. So it is much easier on the fish.
Just plant the tank well, and have good floating plants.