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Hi all!! Just like the title says I am new at this and would like some guidance and help. I currently have it cycling with water and eco substrate. Let me know what your suggestions are.

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Hi all!! Just like the title says I am new at this and would like some guidance and help. I currently have it cycling with water and eco substrate. Let me know what your suggestions are.

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Alfonso
Alfonso, welcome to the underwater world of Planted Tanks!!! Hopefully you will get all the info needed to start up and maintain you scape.

My first question is about your cycling. Do you have anything that is adding ammonia into the water i.e. ammonia from fish waist or some liquid ammonia? In order to have a tank cycle properly you need to start it off by either adding one or two fish to start the process or add liquid ammonia.

I personally use a goldfish or some feeder guppies. Something that does not cost $$$ because many cases the fish will die or become very stressed with the ammonia buildup.

Others will use a fishless process of cycling where you would add liquid ammonia into the water on a daily basis until you have measurable amounts of nitrates.

Still others will pack their aquarium with some fast growing plants and add a few fish right away. This way the plants help in the cycling process also.

Either of the processes will work you just need to decide which one is best for you. As long as you get ammonia into the water to start the cycling process and start having measurable amounts of nitrate, then the process of cycling has completed.

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