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Old 01-02-2007, 10:55 PM   #1
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hi all, can i check with u guys, do u all cycle your planted tank?
do u all also put mp inside to cycle it?
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Old 01-02-2007, 11:02 PM   #2
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hi all, can i check with u guys, do u all cycle your planted tank?
do u all also put mp inside to cycle it?
what mp? can define what it means?
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Old 01-02-2007, 11:04 PM   #3
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market prawn.
so how do u cycle your tank?
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Old 01-02-2007, 11:25 PM   #4
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never haear of using market prawn.

You can use those platys that some people use to feed aros.
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Old 01-02-2007, 11:28 PM   #5
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Usually, I buy those small fish (used for feeding).
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Old 01-02-2007, 11:56 PM   #6
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Yar, just put in some live feeder (those $1 per packet type) inside. Then ensure the water is moving in the tank lor.
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Old 02-02-2007, 12:28 AM   #7
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I feel that even putting live feeders etc is not required. just let it run for 2-4 weeks. should be all settled. Cause planted tanks (i'm sure ur using either some form of base fert or ada soil) already have its own "natural nitrates" that come from ur base fert. during the cycling, dun on ur lights. unless you want green water or algae. Be patient and once the cycling is done, you can start planting like crazy. my 2 cents.
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Old 02-02-2007, 12:35 AM   #8
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I feel that even putting live feeders etc is not required. just let it run for 2-4 weeks. should be all settled. Cause planted tanks (i'm sure ur using either some form of base fert or ada soil) already have its own "natural nitrates" that come from ur base fert. during the cycling, dun on ur lights. unless you want green water or algae. Be patient and once the cycling is done, you can start planting like crazy. my 2 cents.
Hahaa, true also for planted. Normally people put live feeder cos they want to get the water "ready" for the more expensive fishes, at the same time the bio-load of the feeder can cultivate the growth of bacteria.
One more thing, the feeder will ensure no mosquito larva can become survive.
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Old 02-02-2007, 01:29 AM   #9
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Besides using fishes to cycle, planted tanks have a benefit by having the ability to have "silent cycling".

Here's a good link on what it is about:

http://www.aquahobby.com/articles/e_silent_cycling.php

Good thing is that you don't have to have hardy fishes which you won't want in your tank and will have to "get rid" of them later, and you also won't have to risk your main fishes in the cycling process.

-Calvin
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Old 02-02-2007, 01:34 AM   #10
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just get a handful of gravel from existing tank and dump it in... Also plant the tank as soon as possible... plants itself bought from fellow-planters and LFS has bacteria growing on it... So planting also kick start the cycle faster then you leaving a bare tank with nothing inside..
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