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Cycling a Planted Tank

What are the advantages and disadvantages of cycling a tank while the plants are already in as opposed to waiting for the cycle to complete then add the plants?
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Depending on how heavily planted your tank is, you might be able to get away with having fish in it while it cycles.
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I don't see any disadvantages. The high ammonia/nitrite levels don't bother the plants at all, and they have time to root and grow before fish are introduced.


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When I searched the forum before making this post I found that some people think that performing a fishless cycle with plants in place can promote algae.

I also found a bunch of posts and this article that indicated that as the plants will be an integral part of the biological filter in your established tank (detoxifying nitrogen compounds and providing a place for bacteria to grow) they should definitely be part of the process as you cycle the tank for the first time.
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of cycling a tank while the plants are already in as opposed to waiting for the cycle to complete then add the plants?
You won't get much of an algae bloom which usually occurs at the end of a tank cycle because the plants will gobble up what the algae could have.

This is what I've read and it's also been my (very limited) experience with setting up a planted tank.
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Thanks everyone.

BTW, it's a 29g with a 65 watt PC and DIY C02.

So I guess I'll cycle with plants the plants in.
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