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i am not doubting rex at all, but i was curious if anyone has set up their tank like he suggested.(putting in stem plants and two or three days later the fish) are there any potential problems with it? like that i might do because i am a newbie to planted tanks. thank you and no offense to you rex.
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For his "non-fishless cycle" you just need to make sure you have fast growers and enough light to facilitate photosynthesis.

To avoid potential problems for the fish, the plants need to be (at least) semi-happy. I also wouldn't put discus in there "two or three" days later, but rather a hearty fish, hopefully one that you want to keep.

So, what's your setup and how are you going to ensure the plants will grow healthy? I'm talking light-type and how much, filter-type and how much, substrate-type and how much, fertilizers-type (how much will vary ).
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I've done it twice. Lots of fast growers with full lights, CO2, and ferts, and actually added a small amount of hearty fish later (at wife's insistance) that day, and never saw any amonia.

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That method has been around for a while and it works. I read up on it before rexgrigg.com over at Chuck Gadd's site: http://www.csd.net/%7Ecgadd/aqua/art_plant_newtank.htm

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the key here is to add bioload in small amounts at a time, and feed lightly.
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chinaboy what fish is your icon?

As for fishless cycle, I haven't done it yet. I plan on it next week, but I am a biologist/chemist and based on pure theoretics, it should work.
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