nitrogen cycling: brackish start or conversion from freshwater
I`m new to aquascaping. Long story made short I came into an upae ula ecosphere under distress (very high ph/salinity/too high temp) while I was in the process of prepping a freshwater planted (java moss/java fern and seiryu stone) tank. Due to the fact that the rocks I`ve chosen have risen the ph to 7.8 after a week, I`m contemplating slowly turning it into a brackish water tank to house the opae ula, with the addition of ph buffering, since both of these plants appear to handle higher salinity ok. My question is if I cycle the tank under freshwater circumstances and then slowly change salinity and raise ph, will I need to recycle the tank? I have not yet started the nitrogen cycle in the planned planted tank, so I`m debating whether I start it as a freshwater tank and maybe try to slowly change it to brackish or just keep everything quaratined until I verify the survival of the opae ula and try to sta
rt the cycle as brackish?