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Old 04-13-2011, 09:57 PM   #1
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Fishless Cycling With Plants

Hey everyone. I was just wondering if I can add plants to my tank while it's still cycling? Would this help speed up the process at all? Would it be good for the plants? Thanks!
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Hey everyone. I was just wondering if I can add plants to my tank while it's still cycling? Would this help speed up the process at all? Would it be good for the plants? Thanks!
You can, but I wouldn't add it until the nitrate spike. Otherwise it'll stall your cycle.
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I disagree that it will stall a cycle. I heavily plant all my tanks before starting a cycle. Plants love ammonia! It is liquid gold for them, so long as it isn't dosed at too high of a level.

In fact, there is a whole method of cycling a tank called a "silent cycle". It is a quicker method than regular fishless cycling. I use a combination of a silent cycle and a "normal" fishless cycle when starting a tank. If you google silent cycle, you can find out all about it.
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Thank you both! ^^ I think I will go plant shopping tomorrow! ;D
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+1 for fort. The plants in 40B grew best while fishless cycling.
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