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Long cycle time on Miracle Gro/Oil-Dri setup?

I can't seem to find any information on the cycling process of using Miracle Gro Organic Choice Potting mix and something like Oil-dri or cat litter. I am under the impression that the MG can go straight into the tank, and then the cap is put on? Is the cycling process extreme?
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With media added from a seeded filter (even a dirty filter pad).
Fully planted with healthy plants and floaters if you have them on most tanks I never test any cycle readings at all, NH3/NH4, NO2, NO3 all remain zero for months even after a few fish are added. Plants eat everything up 90% of the time.

All my journals include setup and tested values until the tanks get completely boring to write about.


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what are some good suggestions for floaters that wont overrun the tank?
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what are some good suggestions for floaters that wont overrun the tank?
I like water lettuce, red root floaters and frogbit.
big enough you can remove the plants when you want too.


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Thank you! I was worried about putting one of these together and then spending the next six months waiting for the parameters to reach a decent level for anything but plant life. Now I'm less intimidated by the whole idea. Thank you so much!
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