02-22-2011, 11:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Inga
Well, You can do even better then that. You COULD do an instant cycle if you add enough live plants. You could even add a few fish right away as the plants will eat up the ammonia. Note I say a LOT of plants and a FEW fish. Also, you would want to start with some hardy fish, probably hold back on the Gourami for a little while.
My first tank took forever to cycle and I had a few fish in there. I was doing daily water changes because the ammonia kept spiking and I wanted to save my fish. The second tank, I loaded full of plants, added a few Guppies and have been fine since. I will never have another fresh water tank without live plants. Not to mention, I think they look great. Just something for you to think about. :)
thanks for the info.
I would like to get plants in there. I had a fish tank years ago and never seemed to have much luck with plants (could have been because I didn't keep the light on long enough) but I'm going to do more research on how to keep them alive this time.