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I have a 67L tank, currently I have the filter and heater running with just the driftwood in (just to get rid of the tannin and making sure the wood has properly sunk before planting - which I'm hoping to do next weekend)


I'll be swapping the sponge from the filter baskets to small ceramic biomedia and planting a Pothos in there. Plants in the tank are amazon frogbit, alternanthera reineckii, neseae pedicellata golden, baby dwarf tears, weeping moss and a moss ball or two.


Fish list will eventually be - Red cherry shrimp (starting at 4 or 5) 10 black neon tetras, 10 harlequin rasboras, 1 longfin bristlenose plec, 3 khuli loaches and a Betta Splendens.


As I said the tank will be planted next weekend (hopefully - though I may not get the pedicel as the golden variety is rare around here but my aquarium shop said he'd give it a go) and it will cycle for a month without fish. My plan is to use a liquid fertilizer but over the month to slowly increase the amount I put in so when I add all the fish) minus the betta) it won't overload the tank.



Would this work? I was also considering getting the shrimp at the same time as the plants - thoughts?
 

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How heavy you plant the tank will have an impact on how soon you can start adding fish. One thing I will suggest is holding off on the shrimp until everything else has been added and the tank is stable.


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Plant fertilizer won't cycle the tank for you. You should add the correct dosing as per the bottle from the start and continue from there.

If you've planted very heavily including fast growing plants then you can add fish slowly without cycling the same way you would a bare tank. Adding filter media from an existing tank helps too.

Substrate is another factor, some leach ammonia, which will cycle the tank but you shouldn't add fish until that process is finished.
 

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What are the dimensions of this tank?

Its around 16-17 gallons, correct? If so, way too small for the amount of fish you are considering.
Also, Betta's do not make good tank mates for community fish set-up. Especially in size tank that you have.
 
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