08-11-2011, 09:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Byron
I'm wondering where the "sludge" is coming from, with no fish?
You mention plants, with live plants you don't need to cycle. If it is well planted, just add the Betta. The plants assimilate the ammponia (and a Betta won't produce that much) and there will be no discernable "cycle" to speak of.
If you do this, do a major water change to get rid of the ammonia.
Thanks for the reply. The tank will be pretty lightly planted, just a little bit of java moss on my driftwood. I'm pretty sure the "sludge" came from the java moss, as I bought a clump of it from the lfs and when I put it into the tank it seemed to release quite a bit of fish poo! I'm pretty sure thats what caused the bacteria bloom, but I figured it wouldn't hurt having it in to kick start the cycling, and ended up taking the java moss out when I put the ammonia in so it wouldn't slow down the cycle.
I didn't know you didn't need to cycle a tank with live plants. I just figured my betta would appreciate a cycled tank and hopefully less water changes in the future.