Newly set up 20 Gallon

Discussion in 'Aquarium Aquascaping' started by DTurner, Jul 15, 2015.

  1. D

    DTurner Valued Member Member

    Hey everyone. Just put together my 20 Gallon.

    I was not going for anything specific just a nice heavily planted tank.

    I got some water sprite on the back left and right corners. A red flame sword. Some ludwigia which is a nice purple and dwarf sag kind of in the mid. The front is all dwarf baby tears which I hope carpets nicely.

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  2. CindiL

    CindiL Fishlore Legend Member

    Beautiful!! You did a really nice job.
    Did you already cycle it?
     
  3. Geoff

    Geoff Well Known Member Member

    Looks really nice!
     
  4. OP
    OP
    D

    DTurner Valued Member Member

    No its not cycled. I'm thinking with plants it will take 2 weeks or so. Then I'm going to add dwarf gouramis and maybe some fancy guppies or a school of neon tetras.

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  5. Dom90

    Dom90 Fishlore VIP Member

    Hmm I have heard that plants can actually make a tank take longer to cycle because it competes with the bacteria for ammonia? Any truth to this?


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  6. OP
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    DTurner Valued Member Member

    Hey Dom90 I'm not sure if it makes it longer or not I'm going to be monitoring the levels of everything anyway in the tank.

    I did read somewhere and i'll try and find it that a heavily planted tank can actually skip the cycle making it safe from the get go because the plants eat up the ammonia. However when i read that I was thinking along the same lines you are where the bacteria you want need the ammonia to kickstart.

    We shall see I suppose.
     
  7. OP
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    DTurner Valued Member Member

    Dom90 Here you go, this is an article on "Silent Cycling" Basically it sounds like a slower cycle. However since the plants take many of the nutrients there is never a spike like in a traditional fishless cycle.
     




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