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Old 03-03-2013, 07:31 AM   #1
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Cycling with Plants?


This is what I've previously done with my past three tanks,
but I've started reading that, it can make the cycle take longer?
I use to add a ton of plants for 4 weeks, then sell most of them.
Is it true cycling with plants doesn't help? Will adding bio-balls to
cover the whole bottom of the substrate work? Or will I have to
experiment? I usually added plants the day after I setup the tank. In this case, substrate used will be Amazonia, which leeches ammonia.
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Old 03-03-2013, 01:40 PM   #2
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This is what I've previously done with my past three tanks,
but I've started reading that, it can make the cycle take longer?
I use to add a ton of plants for 4 weeks, then sell most of them.
Is it true cycling with plants doesn't help? Will adding bio-balls to
cover the whole bottom of the substrate work? Or will I have to
experiment? I usually added plants the day after I setup the tank. In this case, substrate used will be Amazonia, which leeches ammonia.
Hello K...

You need a source of ammonia to start the cycling process. It would likely take a lot of dead plant material to provide even a trace of it if you went with plants only. The good bacteria would grow very slowly, because there's no food.

It would be more efficient to have a substantial source of ammonia, either from the fish or a commercial source.

Just a thought.

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Old 03-03-2013, 03:14 PM   #3
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Plants just help covert the nitrate that is eventually converted from ammonia. If the plants are coming from established tanks you get a little beneficial bacteria from them. Only thing with Amazonia is that some plants are sensitive to the high ammonia levels it creates. Bio balls might help if they already have the bacteria in them otherwise the bacteria will find a place to live such as substrate or filter media. And no plants won't prolong the cycle
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Old 03-03-2013, 04:27 PM   #4
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Plants eat ammonia and nitrates. I just started my tank, with Amazonia, planting a few plants immediately, then the rest of the plants when I received them a few days later. My ammonia peaked at about 3 ppm 6 days after I started the tank. I did a 50% water change to drop the ammonia a bit. I am using a Hamburger Mattenfilter http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...t=mattenfilter which had some bacteria already on it, so I never did have any measurable nitrite. In about 2 weeks the ammonia level dropped to zero, and I added a few fish about 24 days after I first started the tank.
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