Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Edison, New Jersey
Cycling is just the bacteria build up. The ammonia can be added by later stuff such as fish fecal matter, etc. The point is, once your tank is cycled, it will remain cycled unless you crash it somehow. The bacteria will live on the plants, on the substrate, on your filter media. So, if your tank is cycled, you don't need to keep adding random stuff to keep it cycled. In my experience, cycling only affects fish, invertebrates, I haven't had it affect my plants. If at all, it's the light, temperature, pH, and whatever else that affected the plants. If you have a heavily stocked tank, you should be good.
I keep several tanks with no fish, just some snails, and a crapton of plants, I use it to quarantine. Hope that helps.
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