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Question Cycling with Plants

Greetings -

First post, first time setting up a planted tank.

I am going to be setting up a 75g planted tank this weekend and have a question regarding the cycling of a planted tank. I have read many different things about doing so. I'm starting out with 7 beginner plants, got one of each to see how they would hold up in the tank with my water and the LED light that came with the tank/stand. I will probably upgrade the lighting in the future, but want to stay away from CO2 at this point. Also, I will be using eco-complete (got some root tabs for later down the road) for the planted area of the tank and a liquid fertilizer for the water column plants. Aquarium sand/gravel/rocks on the other areas, with dragon stone and manzanita driftwood.

Eventually, I will be adding fish (did a fish-in cycle before in a non-planted tank with some casualties before the tank got cycled I was clueless, unfortunately). I want to do a fish-less cycle and was wondering about adding ammonia to a tank with plants in them and how much would be too much. Will be using Dr. Tim's ammonia and BB to get it going. I know that plants take up ammonia/nitrites/nitrates and help the cycle, but am wondering if dosing up to 2ppm will be safe for the plants?

Thank you in advance for your help and advice!

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