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Old 05-15-2013, 08:06 PM   #11
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I plan to do sand and make it a planted tank should I add everything while cycling?
Yes, add everything except the fish (and inverts like shrimp and snails).
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I plan to do sand and make it a planted tank should I add everything while cycling?
Be aware that some plants may need special lighting, and Co2. Swords are a good type to get that don't require extra CO2 or lighting.
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Alright appreciate the info guys and btw how long does a fish less cycle take isn't it like 3 months
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Alright appreciate the info guys and btw how long does a fish less cycle take isn't it like 3 months
It depends on several factors including temperature, seeded media (vs starting from scratch), oxygen/aeration, pH, available ammonia. It could be weeks or months.

I ran the new filter in an established tank for 9 days, moved it and some media from the existing filter to the new tank and started dosing with ammonia. 6 days later, it was converting 4 ppm ammonia to zero in about 24 hours, nitrites spiked and dropped to zero. Temp was between 80-82 and pH was 7.8. About 15 days total.
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Change of plan guys I'm gettin a 100gallon! Super excited I know ill have enough room for a red wolf now but what else could I put with the wolf???
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