05-14-2012, 08:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Shmiles
I've been talking to another person on another fish forum who simply said take out the remaining minnow and start using seachem stability since I'd prefer not to waste all my substrate and plants with well established roots.
With the use of Seachem Stability, would you need to add additional ammonia/fish food to help the process?
You don't need to add Stability with live plants that are growing, nor do you need to add any other form of ammonia. Plants assimilate ammonia, quite a lot of it, so the ammonia from a few small fish would easily be taken up by the plants as their nitrogen and the "cycle" would be un-noticed by the fish--or you with tests. There is likely some bacteria already present anyway.
I had assumed yo wanted to change the substrate for aesthetic reasons (wanted something different).
Stability is a bacterial supplement and it does work, I have used it. So don't misunderstand me. It simply isn't necessary, though if you want to spend the money for a small bottle it certainly won't hurt.
But, we are still left with what if any pathogens came with the live fish. And this I cannot answer.