Cycling And Adding Plants?

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Hey all, I'm am about to start cycling a 120-gallon tank. I want to add live plants well before I add fish. When in the cycle is it safe to start adding plants? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
 

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you can add plants at any time during the cycle, they also help cycle a little bit.
 

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pibbles101 said:
Hey all, I'm am about to start cycling a 120-gallon tank. I want to add live plants well before I add fish. When in the cycle is it safe to start adding plants? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Hello pibb...

Aquatic plants grow well in water with a level of nitrogen in it. Fish are just the opposite. Plants help steady the tank water during the cycling process. Especially, the floating kinds that take nutrients in through their leaves. They'll do a much better job of tank filtration than the plants that must be planted in the bottom material.

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So I could start adding plants pretty soon when the ammonia starts changing to nitrite?
 

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pibbles101 said:
So I could start adding plants pretty soon when the ammonia starts changing to nitrite?
pibb...

You can add plants to the tank any time. They prefer more acidic tank water, where most aquarium fish prefer a neutral pH or water a little more basic.

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