Plants vs. Filters

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If i got live plants could they replace the fliter or does a filter still have to be in.

One more thing i am getting another tank after mothers day and i wanted to know if puting plants in the tank would speed up the cycling
 

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Plants can't replace the filter. They will just help to clean up the water a bit but you need a filter to convert ammonia to nitrite and so on.
I have no clue if plants will speed up the cycle.
 

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LOL, perhaps in theory, if you had so many plants and so well growing that they'd completely do a filter's job ... lol why not. But seriously now, I wouldn't risk it not having a filter!
 
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i wasn't going to i was just wondering
 

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Filters help remove the physical waste from the water. Plants can absorb excess nutrients, nitrates, etc, but a filter still works best for removing anything a plant won't use. The bacteria can and do establish themselves outside of the filter - that's just a major source/home of them in the standard aquarium.

If you already have plants that have bacteria establish on them, it can help kickstart the cycling process.
 

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The filter also moves the water around and introduces more oxygen to the water for your fish.
Carol
 
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