09-17-2007, 08:50 PM
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Point of clarification: When I say I like the feedback, I mean happy active fish vs pokey, listless fish, not gasping, dying, rotting, zombie fish.
I go out of my way to jumpstart the cycle with lots of bacteria from established tanks by way of substrate, filter media, or adding a whole cycled filter. And I keep live plants in the tank from the get go. So I rarely see more than 0.25 ppm ammonia at worst. Granted, not the best possible environment for a fish, but hardy fish can handle it with no worse effects than you or I would have from spending our formative years breathing the air of a major urban area.
Swordtails hardy enough to handle that?