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Old 08-08-2012, 12:02 AM   #11 
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Old 08-08-2012, 12:04 AM   #12 
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Thank you for your help. :)

I was reading about putting plants in but are there any complications with adding plants? I remember reading something about that. :S

Would Java Fern or Hornworts be good?
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Old 08-08-2012, 12:08 AM   #13 
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I've never heard of complications from live plants if they are planted and cared for properly. I think you read where someone added a plant that wasn't a true aquatic and it decayed, producing an ammonia spike.

Of those two plants hornwort is the faster-growing and would be better for cycling. It's a great ammonia-sink. I've got it in my goldfish tank to help keep the water quality good. Java fern is pretty, but it doesn't grow very fast. It makes a great betta-bed tho!
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Old 08-08-2012, 12:10 AM   #14 
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Ok thanks so much! I think I'm going to try using plants. :D
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Old 08-08-2012, 12:10 AM   #15 
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Some plants are easier, some are harder. Java Fern is really easy to take care of and so is Hornwort. They need low-high light and grow slowly. Other easy to take care of plants are Java Moss, Duckweed, Swords, Anubias, etc.
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Oh ok. Java Fern and Hornwort are probably the ones I'll go with. :)
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Old 08-08-2012, 12:26 AM   #17 
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Live plants will help your tank cycle faster, I think.
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Old 08-08-2012, 12:42 AM   #18 
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Ok sweet. :) Thanks again for the suggestion. :D
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Old 08-08-2012, 11:18 AM   #19 
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Live plants will help your tank cycle faster, I think.
Not exactly. They will actually make it occur slower because they are competing with the BB for the ammonia. But they will make it safer for the fish because they level of ammonia you are cycling with will be lower. Live plants are always good!
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Old 08-08-2012, 11:41 AM   #20 
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My cycling is slow going with my 5 gallon tank but I think I am cleaning the gravel to much from now on only going to do that once a week. Also I have live plants, Hornwort and Anacharis with both are doing great and new stems are growing on the Anacharis. I am waiting on some Prime in the mail which I hope will be here tomorrow, changing to Prime cause it detoxifes ammonia, nitrite and nitrate which will be less worry for me and better for Perseus while we wait wait and wait..lol I am scared of spikes so testing twice a day morning and night. A power outage a few weeks ago of over 28 hours get rid of my BB and its been a month almost since then and still showing no nitrite or nitrate with small amounts of ammonia.

What type of water conditioner are you using ? You might want to get some Prime since it detoxifes everything. If I am correct these will still show up on the tests as a false reading. Happy cycling !!!!
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