05-18-2013, 08:37 AM
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Originally Posted by Neil D
I do plan on heavily decorating the tank. No live plants, all artificial, but there'll be a lot of them. If we don't get the gouramis, we'll go with a lot of cardinals haha.
And one last thing...
If I have an already-established tank, should I cycle the tank or just add some substrate and filter media and just put the fish in. I also use PRIME conditioner, which actually bonds ammonia for about 24 hours...
Contrary to how it may seem, you do not have to put live plants in your tank - the fish will do just fine with silk plants. And I thought I was the only one here who doesn't want a heavily planted tank....
All you have to do is add the established filter media to the new filter. As long as you don't overload it with fish right from the start, there will be no lag time. And time that I do something that may cause a lag in the cycle, I don't feed the tank for a couple days, which helps them to catch up. Feeding only makes for more work for the bacteria. I also dose with prime as a precaution, for a couple days.