06-30-2012, 12:02 PM
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There are no plants in the tank, my LFS recommended not going with plants until the tank has cycled and fish have been added.
Where do these people get their ideas.
Live plants is the best thing you can do in a new tank. If you have enough of them, and they are relatively fast growing, you can add a few fish on day 1 and there will be no discernable cycle to you or the fish. Plants need nitrogen, and they get it as ammonium (ammonia produced by fish and bacteria is taken up and changed to ammonium and then assimilated). And plants take up a lot of ammonia, both as nutrient but also as a toxic substance, just as they can take up a number of toxins.
I have set up dozens of tanks in my 20 years, always planted from the start, and fish go in with no issues.