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Old 04-29-2011, 10:11 PM   #1 
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Cycling with Plants

I'll be picking up the plants for my ten gallon tommorow, and I was wondering if you cycle with plants the same way as you would a fishless cycle.
I have pure ammonia and a test kit, but I read somewhere you just sit and let the plants cycle on their own.
So I just wanted to make sure before I planted the tank and added the ammonia that I'm not missing out on an easier method.

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Old 04-29-2011, 10:19 PM   #2 
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I have heard about that before. I'm not 100% sure how it works but I think it involves the plants just soaking up all the ammonia before the beneficial bacteria even gets a chance to develop.

You need A LOT of live plants though, I mean A LOT. And they have to be super healthy.
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Old 04-29-2011, 10:21 PM   #3 
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Well I'll doubt I'll have enough then. So how do I cycle my tank? I don't want to add to much ammonia and kill the plants. Would 3-5 drops a day be good?
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Old 04-29-2011, 10:37 PM   #4 
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I cycled my 10g planted tank this way:

http://aquaweb.pair.com/forums/archi...cgi?read=37838

So I added the ammonia. My plants did fine. I had java fern, nana petite and a moss ball in there during cycling.
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Old 04-29-2011, 10:38 PM   #5 
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I have no idea, I have never used pure ammonia to cycle a tank. I think that would be enough, though. You need to keep adding ammonia in the tank to feed the beneficial bacteria so they can establish.
There is a good stickied thread on here, called "The beginners guide to the freshwater aquarium cycle". It's at the top of the Bowls, Habitiats and Accessories forum. You'll most likely find all your answers there.
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Old 05-02-2011, 02:58 AM   #6 
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Check this out:

http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=47838

I read it and its definitely above my plant skills
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Old 05-02-2011, 09:26 PM   #7 
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Don't worry about your plants with ammonia -- they actually absorb it.

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