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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-20-2016, 01:49 PM Thread Starter
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Beneficial Bacteria Benefits in Planted Only Tank?

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Does beneficial bacteria provide any benefit to a planted only tank - no fish or shrimp? I have some bottled BB and wondering if I should dump a bit in.
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It would seem nearly pointless to add bottled beneficial bacteria since without stock, there will be little/no ammonia generated and what little/if any was, the plants would handle just fine.

I have to say though that a planted only tank lacks the scope, dimension and life of a well rounded eco-system. With fish and snails etc. I could watch 'fish tank TV' nearly endlessly which I don't think I could say if it was plants only.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-20-2016, 02:14 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the quick response. Don't want to add fauna until I figure out how to stabilize my DIY CO2 levels. Any suggestions? Aquarium is only 2.6 gallons.
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I would also hold off on adding bacteria. The natural landscape will be adding it as you go so bumping it while not having fish, etc. to create more is not going to help too much.
I do like the idea of going slower and getting one thing worked out before getting too involved. One of the major mistakes i see are the times when we want to jump in and do it all at once.
We start crawling and suddenly we want to ride a bike? Whether getting the plants and then going with fish or the other way, it is clear that the whole deal has a learning curve and it's best to keep the curve as simple as possible.
No big suggestions on DIY CO and small tanks. Just advise to carry on and adapt as needed?
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Thanks for the info PlantedRich,

Yes I have a lot of things to work out prior to even thinking about fauna. Still trying to find the correct balance between lighting, CO2, and ferts. Don't need to add more complexity at this point.
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