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Cycling a newly planted tank. Please help. Questions about fertz / BB / water changes!

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I am soon going to be transitioning my tank from dry start method to being flooded. I have monte carlo and S repens in there currently. I will be adding some more stem plants the day I flood. I read alot about quite a few water changes when you get a new planted tank. So one of my questions is

- How often should I do a water change on a new planted tank?

I was thinking maybe 3 times a week but that led me to my next question

- When should I add in my live bacteria?

I wouldn't wanna add bacteria in just to remove it later with a water change. I also heard that using some live bacteria you need to wait a day after adding a dechlorinater like prime.

Then my final question is

- Should I be adding my fertz right away?

Also I do have decent lighting and CO2.

If anyone would know how to remove air bubbles from aquasoil after a dry start please let me know. I cant do it like normal obviously because of the plants in the way.

I am using Fritz zyme 7 as live bacteria.
I am using Prime as my conditioner
I am using Thrive all in one as my fertz

Thanks for your help!
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I would do like what she said but besides that if you keep up with that maintenance and use established filter media and some BB and dose ferts from the start in about a week usually you can start to stock

I don’t believe in waiting 6-8 weeks or whatever ridiculous amount time it is because Its better to just get the tank going. If you do bb and established media then u can add fish but you just gotta so it slow. Don’t do Like a goldfish in a 40 gallon as your first fish. You would do a smaller lower bio load fish like danios (don’t mix goldfish and danios). Also you get bacteria from the dry start iirc
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