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startup - cycling etc..

I am getting the strong impression that there are some significant differences in the startup and cycling processes between planted tanks and fish only aquariums.

Can someone direct me to some very clear info here, or a really good book that describes the process in detail for planted aquariums?

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You can do it as easy as any of us could. I am getting over a nasty bout of strep/ear infection. Plus I had a nasty time with the flu for the last 24 hours or I would do it for you.

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I am getting the strong impression that there are some significant differences in the startup and cycling processes between planted tanks and fish only aquariums.

Can someone direct me to some very clear info here, or a really good book that describes the process in detail for planted aquariums?

Thanks,
Chris
You can follow the Rex Grigg way for a planted tank.
http://www.rexgrigg.com/cycle.htm

This discusses the pros and cons of different ways to cycle a tank.
http://www.aquariumboard.com/forums/articles/26.htm

It seems some people are under the mistaken impression that using plants is a bulletproof way to cycle a tank. That is true only if you start out with healthy plants to begin with. If you are trying to cycle a tank with plants that end up dieing faster than they are growiing, it could back fire and you could end up with long drawn out ammonia and nitrite spikes. Been there done that!!! so make sure that you start out and buy healthy plants if you are going to cycle with plants. Also, you cannot mix and match the different methods as they are not always compatible and you could end up with serious issues.
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You can do it as easy as any of us could. I am getting over a nasty bout of strep/ear infection. Plus I had a nasty time with the flu for the last 24 hours or I would do it for you.
I hope it's not the flu we've had here - really awful one.
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I hope it's not the flu we've had here - really awful one.
Well, Sunday I was finally feeling better and my strep and ear infection were under control and on the way out. Starting about midnight I was up every hour on the hour violently throwing up. I swear I cracked a couple ribs..

The worst is past me, thank God.

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bah dont talk to me about about germs

I have a 4 year old and a 6 year old. Little germ factories. They make worse stuff than I used to play with in my research days.

Just when im recovering i get hit by a new subtly altered strain which has had time to adjust to a variation of my imune system.

Im seriously thinking about weaponising them......Thats when i feel well enough to move around some more at least.

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