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soccermatt 12-16-2009 09:54 PM

Live plants while cycling
 
hi,
i have decided that i would really like some live plants in my aquarium (amazon sword, hornwort,and a carpet plant). I am currently fishlessly cycling my tank using fish food. My ammonia levels are about at there peak, and nitrite yet to rise. could i add a couple plants in a day or two, or would i be better to wait until my tank has finished cycling (if so what do i add first fish or plants?).
thanks

Hawkian 12-16-2009 10:10 PM

I'd go ahead and add them right away. They'll help the cycle run its course... and you may end up with a shorter, much less drastic cycle.

What's the reading on the Ammonia (just out of curiosity)?

aunt kymmie 12-16-2009 10:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hawkian (Post 290867)
I'd go ahead and add them right away. They'll help the cycle run its course... and you may end up with a shorter, much less drastic cycle.

What's the reading on the Ammonia (just out of curiosity)?

I agree 100% with Hawkian. When I first set up my display tank I stuffed it with plants, instant cycle. Wish I would have done the same thing with my 6gl but that was long before I knew any better!

soccermatt 12-17-2009 06:43 AM

my ammonia is at about 4 ppm with just fish food. Thanks can't wait to add plants

Angel079 12-17-2009 09:18 AM

Absolutely plant strait away, that will help your cycle a ton and its of cause wonderful for the fish and tank stability later on too.

Teammuir1 12-18-2009 09:36 PM

Plants plants plants
 
I agree with everyone here that supports PLANTS..
I have done this in each and every tank I own
including the one I am building right now..
WHICH I MIGHT ADD.. is located in a build
thread in the DIY Aquarium
section of this Forum.... go check out my plants
I just purchased 4 more and they look so SAD in such
a big tank.. ( LoL )

thanks
Ron


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