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Old 09-02-2012, 02:25 AM   #9
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Firstly, great effort made.

I was wondering if it worth noting that a TDS is a good indicator of polution in the tank, and an early warning sign for a Water change.

Also regarding fishless/ or fish in cycling. i see more products offering bacteria to help with cycling. Wondered if it would be helpful to recommend which types are out there and to look for specific types of bacteria on the label as they prove the most beneficial for nitrate/nitride conversion, given these forms of bacteria normally take the longest to propagate.

also regarding fast growning plants, like anacharis and floaters, which are useful in soaking up excess nitrates and normalize tank conditions to prevent spikes.

Another item which came to mind is the use of a cleanup crew, consisting of snails and other scavengers to keep algae, detris at bay, while aerating the substrate.
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