02-14-2010, 12:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Mean Harri
Oh yeah. I've read Byron's sticky posts. Awesome read.
I'm just trying to figure out where to go next. Plants are in. Heavily planted tank as well.
Not sure if I should add pure ammonia to get the cycle moving forward, add some fish, add some algae eaters like shrimp or Ramshorn snail, or wait. I'm not sure.
The plan is to stay with light fertilizing and no co2 to maintain the tank. I am trying to figure out my next move. I was never really good at chess lol. This is sort of a chess game
I could not find straight ammonia around here easily enough, so I just went the food route and then when I had to put my daughter's fish in the big tank it did not matter anyway. The difference is, I was able to seed it and the makes my situation completely diffferent.
I know that Stephanie used the fish food route and it worked fine for her. If you decide not to use fish (which is what I would do), your tank may not take that long even without seeding it since you have lots of plants and the Eco complete, but not sure. I have read that Algae eaters and shrimp should be introduced after the tank has cycled since they are sensitive and actually best not to be the first fish in right after it is cycled.