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Old 04-23-2015, 06:50 PM   #11
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Most of it grows on the filter. Some people keep tanks entirely bare bottom; as long as you have bacteria in the filter you're fine.
This point is debate able and really shouldn't be posted as fact. I would say a lot of the bacteria is in the filter, but opinions vary on the amount of bacteria present in the substrate, walls, or ornaments.
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This point is debate able and really shouldn't be posted as fact. I would say a lot of the bacteria is in the filter, but opinions vary on the amount of bacteria present in the substrate, walls, or ornaments.
Well my point is that many, many people keep successful bare-bottom tanks, so gravel isn't needed to start the cycle.
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Well my point is that many, many people keep successful bare-bottom tanks, so gravel isn't needed to start the cycle.
+1 as long as there is a filter the cycle will start. Sure bacteria grows on everything, but you only need the basics. No need to make it more complex/confusing
Also agree with Sinibotia, you'll only need about 1ml of ammonia
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Well my point is that many, many people keep successful bare-bottom tanks, so gravel isn't needed to start the cycle.
Oh, I should've been more specific. I wasn't disagreeing at all that it would cycle without gravel, your right about that absolutely.
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Oh, I should've been more specific. I wasn't disagreeing at all that it would cycle without gravel, your right about that absolutely.
I also should have been more specific! I only meant to imply that WITHOUT gravel, most of it just grows in the filter.
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