Re: Stability's Bacteria
A planted tank will still go through a cycle, even if you don't add bacteria to it. Most planted tanks are maintained at a pH of 7.0 or lower. At this pH all of the ammonia will exist in the ammonium state, which plants use. Ammonium is also nontoxic to the fish. If you have enough plants to consume the majority of the ammonium than you might not see any cycle occur. If not, some of the ammonium that is left by the plants will be consumed by bacteria and changed into nitrite. Nitrite is very toxic in freshwater systems. You can add aquarium salt to decrease the nitrite toxicity but your plants will probably not appreciate this. Adding a product such as Stability will speed you through the cycle and help prevent this from occurring.