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Old 05-20-2013, 07:10 PM   #12
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Not everyone is using ordinary soil in their tank.

Sure, plants can use up ammonia that gets produced as food until the biofiltration of the tank catches up but that's not always ideal for beginners.

Also - the initial "cycle" process can be good for beginners because it allows tons of biofilm to build up and for the tank to mature, making it far less likely for sensitive fish and invertebrates to die from ammonia or nitrite-related deaths.

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Originally Posted by zdnet View Post
Those bacteria are plentiful in ordinary soil. For a detailed explanation, see Diana's book "Ecology of the planted aquarium".
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