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Thread: Cycling and Plant Questions
07-28-2013, 08:51 PM #11
I personally would never use media (or anything else) from someone else's fish tank. All aquaria contain pathogens and there may be some in his tank that you do not want in yours. This is no different than not quarantining new fish, the risk is just as great.
As you intend live plants, the simplest method is to plant the tank well, including some fast growing plants of which floating are the best, and add a few fish. There will be no discernible "cycle" because the plants grab the ammonia/ammonium, and they out-compete bacteria. And with plants using the ammonia, there is no nitrite being produced. The bacteria will still establish only more slowly and you will not detect ammonia or nitrite, but best of all, neither will the fish. Go slow with fish.
As a precaution back-up, a good bacteria supplement could be used, but this is unnecessary with plants.
Last edited by Byron; 07-28-2013 at 08:53 PM.