Plastic Plants to Real Plants

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Brook16

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Afternoon everyone!
I'm going to be transitioning from plastic plants to some anubias nana petites and some java fern. I'm worried that when I take out the plastic plants it will throw the tank into a mini cycle. What options do I have? Take the plastic plants out over a period of time? A dose of stability when I take them out?

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I wouldn't expect the removal of the plastic plants to have more than a minimal effect on your cycle if any. While nitrifying bacteria colonize almost every surface in a tank over time, the bulk of the bacteria colony is in your filter and should be more than capable of handling things without the plants. Plus the new live plants will be in there consuming ammonia themselves even further lessening the risk of a disruption to your cycle.
 

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Removing plastic plants shouldn't cause any disruption to your cycle!
 
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Thank you EricV and Nympxzie!
 
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