01-18-2013, 02:04 PM
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Originally Posted by jbib1089
Over the weekend I went out and added 11 live plants to my tank. I also added in my remaining 4 fish from my original 10 gallon set up. I have still yet to see a spike in any of the levels (ammonia, nitrite, nitrate) I have pretty much decided that I will not add any more fish until this tank is cycled. Is there anything else I should do to help it along?
I think that you are too worried about seeing cycling symptoms. With a small fish load, more plants than fish and 55 gallons of water... you may only ever see some nitrates show up eventually. Instead of waiting for the cycle, that may never happen, just wait for the plants to grow a bit, more to prove that your environment is good for the plants that you have selected than anything else.
Just keep checking the water to monitor it but you don't NEED to cycle it or try to hurry it up.
What is your eventual fish stocking plan going to be? I know there are no hard numbers for planting instead of cycling, but I might hazard a suggestion that one single plant per small fish is a good start. As the fish grows, so do the plants. Splitting and propagating the plants lets you do more than just keep up with fish growth too.