Thread: Cycling with plants
02-14-2013, 01:10 PM #1
Cycling with plants
I want my next tank to be planted. I'm looking at either a 20 or thirty gallon low tech plant setup. I'm doing all my research on lighting, CO2, substrate, plants and stock. I'm just confused as to cycling the tank. It will def be a fishless cycle. What I would like to know if I should cycle with or without plants? Not sure in that area. I read where folks have setup that tank and placed fish in right away. What do the experieced folks have to say? Thanks in advance!
02-14-2013, 01:13 PM #2
There is nothing wrong with cycling and having plants in the tank - most of us do that - unless you don't know what plants to put in there when cycling starts.46 gal fw tank with black skirt tetras, neon tetras, spotted cory catfish, cherry barbs, guppies, snails & 4 amano shrimp - plastic & live plants
5 gal QT with green corys & 2 guppies
02-14-2013, 01:24 PM #3
Yeah, +1 to that. Only thing to remember is that plants will consume nitrates so you could see your nitrite drop and your nitrate not rising as quickly or as high as expected.
"next tank" implies that there's already an existing tank. In that case seeding from the existing filter will be quicker and easier.
02-14-2013, 01:44 PM #4
02-14-2013, 03:25 PM #5Member Oscar
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Just remember, ammonia and nitrates supply only nitrogen to the plants. You're still going to need to provide the other nutrients that plants require, through the proper fertilizers, because a new tank is pretty barren.
02-14-2013, 06:05 PM #6
02-15-2013, 03:39 AM #7
Thanks everyone! Question answered!
03-04-2013, 12:06 PM #8
03-04-2013, 12:42 PM #9Member Molly
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03-04-2013, 01:37 PM #10