Pre-Cycled Filter Media - Any Help to Plants in Initial Planting?
I understand that a heavy enough plant load can take on the ammonia load from live stock but wonder if there's a benefit to adding pre-cycled media, and also the timing of when to add it, relative to initial planting and initial live stock introdcution.
I happen to have established media in another tank's filter as I'm sure we all do.
My question is : If I'm going to use it, should I add it right in the beginning when I plant the tank, or should I add the pre-cycled material in a couple/few weeks when I add livestock? I am unsure if healthy plants are an ammonia source, or if there are any other bacterial colonies that are beneficial to a planted tank on established filter media. Will this help with initial algae problems?
Any other benefits to using filter media, or even just the "gunk", in initial set up?
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