12-18-2008, 01:56 PM
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Yeah there is no need to cycle a moderately to densely planted tank. I've always found it kinda amusing when people cycle planted tanks or shrimp tanks, because honestly they are not doing much. Look at a nitrigen cycle diagram and you will see two arrows pointing from ammonia to a plant and some bacteria. What does this mean? Ammonia is a for of nitrogen, which the plants can use as fertilizer. Plants can acutally process ammonia faster than our bacteria can. The El Natural method of keeping planted tanks, runs off this principal, plants, fish, no filter, and no fertilizer; can equal a stable, safe tank.