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Old 01-10-2013, 08:27 PM   #1
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Nano Nitrogen Cycle

Is putting a whole shrimp in for a 10 gallon tank to much? Any tips on a nano cycle? I didn't want to blast it with ammonia!

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Old 01-11-2013, 11:10 AM   #2
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Depends on the size of the shrimp, but it won't really hurt to add the whole thing. If ammonia spikes too high, you can just do a PWC and get it back to your desired range.
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Depends on the size of the shrimp, but it won't really hurt to add the whole thing. If ammonia spikes too high, you can just do a PWC and get it back to your desired range.
Thanks. I was hoping the live rock would start the cycle but all parameters stayed steady. Thinking its because I bought the LR from a local guy with a established tank?
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Yup, you probably experienced very little die off on account of it being established.
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Okay, so shrimpy in and the waiting begins. I also noticed some more hitchhikers. Can anyone help with identifying!? In the 2nd and 3rd pic you can see it at the bottom of the dead coral the local guy gave me, its red or maroon. I really didn't want it but my wife was super excited to have it so I just rested it on the rocks there. Anywhooo, anybody with an idea of what that is?
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I see a random polyp in there. Thats a good hitchhiker
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Not sure if i'm being impatient, but the shrimp has been in the tank for three days now and my ammonia has barely spiked. Between .25- .50 maybe this is the spike i'm looking for maybe not. Is there ever a time when I take the shrimp out? What kind of Ammonia spike should i be hoping for. I do see a browning of my rocks and sand. Anyways....Any help or calming advice would be greatly appreciated!

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3 days is nothing It will take some time. It will go much higher than this as the shrimp continues to break down. If the ammonia gets much above 4ppm, I would do a water change to bring it down some, but I would leave the shrimp in until the tank is cycled (0 ammonia, 0 nitrites (after both have spiked), and some nitrate.
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Thanks for all the help!

Will the hitchhikers survive this cycle? I have some tube dusters and two different types of starfish(brittle and unknown), and some sort of polyp.
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update

Just wanted to give everyone an update (Fort an update...lol) My tank is looking gross. I can see why people get so impatient, I'm ready to roll! I've had my shrimp in and starting cycling for around 4 days now. Haven't seen to much of an ammonia spike but i see lots of changes in the tank. You can see the brownish algae growing in the sand and rocks. I'm going to add more live rock so its up to snuff for pound per gallon ratio. I have a local store that has tons of reef stuff for sale and he's really helpful too. I love reading everyones posts but not yet knowledgeable to write or help so I'm being pretty selfish on that front. I did find it hard to get details on cycling. I mean the basics were there, add shrimp, let ammonia spike, ammonia back to zero, Nitrite spike, Nitrite back to zero then Nitrate spike, then water change.

When can i get my CUC?

Any advice on Power head positioning?

And again, should that shrimp stay in the tank till its gone or is there a time i should remove it?

Just a few of my questions popping into my head!

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