Planted Tank Enthusiast
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Western Montana
The water changes are preventing the buildup of nitrite that you want for the bacteria.I don't do water changes during cycling until I'm ready to add fish,as long as nitrites don't get about 5ppm or so,then when they disappear on their own,and 1 ppm of added ammonia is gone by the next day,I consider my tank cycled.
during this process the nitrates will get pretty high,but not really enough to stall the cycle.
you'll get really good growth during cycling,because the plants prefer to uptake nitrogen from ammonia then from nitrates.
MTS? no,I just need one more tank...