Starting from scratch with an old tank. I'm ordering plants next week, and should be planting next friday. It's a 55 gal
tank (i know, i know), canister filter, current sundial 4x54watt T5 HO
(plan on starting with 2x54watt), 15 lb CO2
, power head (Co2
diffusion), going for med to high light plants, got heaters, test kits, etc... I'm using ADA Aquasoil in combination with power sand for my substrate. I understand that Aquasoil emits ammonia, which is perfect for sparking my fishless cycle. I have two stump ornaments (6x8") in a friends tank accumulating bacteria now (approx. 1.5 months). My question is: will that ammonia spike from the Aquasoil be a sufficient amount for the duration of my cycle? Will it be too much, and stall? I've read a lot about people doing a crazy number of water changes during the first part of the cycle. The bag says not to rinse. So what i can decipher is: do not rinse the Aquasoil, do water changes (if needed) until ammonia drops down to 4-5ppm? Then watch my levels to see where the cycle is at --- Ammonia=0, NitrItes=0, and NitrAtes=5-10 (give or take), cycle should be complete.
Please let me know if i'm on the right track, or rip me a new one if i'm way off base. I have asked a few questions in other threads regarding whats listed above, but I'm hoping to kind of cross reference everything, and come out in one piece.
very much appreciated everyone, thank you!