After some disasterous results with a fish in cycle, I've started over with a fishless cycle using pure ammonia and so far the results seem promising. I've read many articles and been given much advise about cycling, water chemistry, and plant use in FW aquariums.
Based on my research, I have some specific questions regarding some of my specific results. I've read while plants use ammonia, too much can be dangerous. I'm curious about the use of plants in a fishless cycle with the presence of ammonia and nitrites and how much is still considered safe. Also what pH/Gh/Kh level is safe for plants?
Since I'm already seeing nitrates, my tank cycle is nearly complete so I'm seeking suggestions for an appropriate water mixture for plants and some tetras or barbs. I have not settled on fish type but I was thinking a few tetras, a bushynose pleco, and a couple panda garras.
Our tap water indicates:
I also tested distilled water at
A .5/.5 mixture came out
The tank is 29g with a bio wheel filter, water pump (I've read this can be bad for plants, suggestion?), heater, aquatic led lighting fixture with 3 live plants, a few fake plants, drift wood, and a castle for hiding.