Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: San Francisco, CA
You should definitely plant right away. Not only is it easier, but the plants will use the ammonia and settle in faster. As long as it doesn't get too high they won't be damaged. When I cycled mine it never got above 2.0 ppm, I think anything higher than 5.0ppm you should do a water change. I also recommend doing more water changes maybe not everyday, but somewhat frequentl. I didnt do them that frequently, which is fine, but the ADA lowers the ph. THe low ph slows bacteria growth you need so in the short term you want to keep the ph close to netural until the tank is cycled. Keeping is close to neutral will also help cycle the tank faster. Yes, you can use prime.