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post #12 of (permalink) Old 05-02-2009, 05:05 PM
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Originally Posted by wkndracer View Post
NO WAY! this is what forums are for.
With plants in the tank and normal substrate you can add fish right away. (within reason) Plants help prevent ammonia and nitrites from building to hazardous levels. They actually prefer them to nitrate (NO3) because its easier for them to use it. I have decaying organic matter in the tank that could cause a rapid spike you don't.
Bacteria still build up just over a longer period with plants competing.
So, do you think it's safe to add a school of fish after the plants are in? I've done a lot of reading about this but there didn't seem to be a real theme that everyone agreed on. I plan to have a school of 15-20 Rummynose Tetras. How many would you add initially once planted? Thanks Mike!!

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