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I was thinking about breaking down my 30 gallon and starting over.
I was planning to make it a dirted tank, but would it need cycling
if I used old gravel? My filter has also been running for a year now,
with tons of bio-balls. The filter is also a 80 gallon filter, if that counts
as anything. The tank will be for RCS only. It will be heavy planted with
jungle val and java moss. But is dirting a tank the only way to make jungle
val grow faster, since I can't use most ferts because they will harm the shrimp.
Another thing, I don't have a separate tank to keep the RCS, so that's why I don't want to cycle. So what do you guys think?
 

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Most ferts wont harm shrimp when used correctly, too much loose copper(ie copper sulphate) is bad. Old/unwashed gravel WILL HELP cycle a tank faster. Hard water and bright light make vals grow. Got a big filter? Turn the flow down.... Vals are lake plants. And put the shrimp in a bucket for a night... Come on...
 

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Well my filter doesn't have the option for that. I'll
try doing that, but wouldn't the shrimp die because
of no oxygen? So after I dirt the tank, I'll just put
all the plants in and tomorrow it will be "ok"
to put the shrimp in right?
 
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