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I have everything all ready. The filter is up, but not plugged in, the heater is up, but not plugged in, the light is up, but not plugged in. My question: I have Eco Complete. I have not set it up yet. Should I set up the tank and everything, and get it cycling, or do I wait and add the eco complete, then the plants, and then the water, and plug it all in?
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Your question confuses me a little, as it seems to ask the same question two times with no difference.

But I would set up the substrate first, add partial water, and then the plants, then plug everything in to start the cycle.


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Oh. Sorry about that. Thanks for the answer! It is going to be a few days before I get my plants, so should I add the eco complete now, with the partial water, or just wait for the day I get the plants?
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You can plant the plants with all the water in it first. I just said partial water because it makes your life easier as you won't get so wet.


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You don't need cycled water before adding plants, but you wouldn't want to dunk tropical aquatic plants into a tank of cold water either. When you add your water, make sure it is lukewarm, not cold out of the tap (treated of course). And do some water parameter testing as well before adding any fish. Plants certainly help to suck up a lot of the toxins that would normally get to deadly levels in an unplanted tank while cycling, but it's not a sure thing. It didn't happen in my case and my tank did go through a cycle for about 3 weeks, even though it was heavily planted from the beginning.
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Oh. Ok thanks guys! Thats all my questions....for now at least LOL

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