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post #11 of 14 Old 05-01-2010, 10:20 PM Thread Starter
How should I cycle it? I did a fish in cycle with my big tank but since I'm not having fish how should I do it?
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post #12 of 14 Old 05-01-2010, 11:27 PM
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Depends on which route you're going. For a 1G,Heavily planted would be about 4-5 "plants" whether they're rooted, stem bunches or whatever- although I reccomend stem plants- they seem to pull more nutrients from the water column because they grow faster.

If your tank is heavily planted and you have something to put in the tank to "test the water", then you can add something and monitor the water parameters- notably nitrate and nitrite. If they stay zero for a week or so then you're in the clear for just about anything you want.

The problem, is that it's common for plants to replace any need for cycling... but I wouldn't bank on it unless I had proof. If you have another tank to evacuate everything to if there is an ammonia spike, then you can put anything you want in, and watch the parameters. If you don't, I'd strongly reccomend at least buying about 3 ghost shrimp and dropping them in. You just need something that eats and poops to test out the plants and make sure they can handle it before you put something relatively expensive in like red cherries or ember tetras.

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post #13 of 14 Old 05-02-2010, 01:29 AM Thread Starter
Well here's the hardscape and yes that filter is huge in there XD



I love the rock I found for it it's perfect now to decide what plants to use hmmm...
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post #14 of 14 Old 06-03-2010, 01:29 PM Thread Starter
Well all's goin good with this tank except for algae It doesn't bother me to much but it's not pretty. I originally had 4 ghost shrimp in there but the biggest one killed two of them. The big one has been white for over a week now. He molted yesterday but is still white so I figure he'll die soon. I hope to get cherry shrimp whenever possible. Will these take care of the algae because the ghosties sure don't. Or can I keep an Otto in here to?
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