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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-19-2012, 04:31 PM Thread Starter
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Cycling a Planted a tank without plants?

Hi guys,

Newbie here... first post.... I have a Fluval flora kit for a planted tank project... Since im on a budget and dont have the money yet to buy plants (shipping of plants is a killer) and LFS plants are really bad...

Can I cycle the tank with rocks and substrate, then add the plants later on?

Be gentle Im new...
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Sure you can. Plants just make the process faster. Beneficial bacteria live in your substrate and in the filter regardless. Plants just happen to be able to utilize the toxins as a food source.
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Of course you can cycle without plants.

You can throw the plants in whenever you get a chance to buy some or find some decent looking ones


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Just saw that you were from tx. What part if I may ask. There are aquarium clubs that you can get associated with that sale and even trade plants. I am not part of any as of now though. Most in the hobby will take better care of their plants vs a lfs. Also if you live near a few fellow hobbyist, they might even give you some clippings to get started. Even if you don't like the selection, you can swap them out with your choice of wanted plants at a later date.
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Thanks for the response guys...
@flight50, Im in McAllen, in South Texas...
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Just make sure there is enough oxygen in the water and cover the tank to block off light. You can use pure ammonia as in a fish less cycle or some food. Takes about 2 weeks.

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In my experience a cycle started from scratch without any bacteria added takes about 4-8 weeks, not 2.
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