Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Arnoldsville, GA
And for all the nay sayers, the nitrogen cycle is not the only requirement for a healthy tank. You must also be able to cycle boron, carbon, calcium, copper, iron, potassium, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, phosphorus, sulfur and zinc. And with the exception of carbon, all of these can be found in fish food including the nitrogen.
Plants do not consume fish waste, they consume the nutrients. The living organisms that perform these processes will out compete and displace more harmful life forms. Much in the same way that our digestive system works. And in turn how a septic system works. A septic system is home to the same bacteria as is found in your digestive system.
The substrate in your tank is essentially a septic system, and if healthy, will break down waste into nutrients for plants. The grass is always greener over the septic system.
Pathogens have a difficult time surviving in a healthy system. They do best attacking the sick and the weak.
So do not poison you tank, give it time and it will survive.