Mupwi, I'm sorry your thread has turned into this. This will also be my last comment in this thread because at this point these two are just trolling IMO
. Please open another thread if you have further questions on anything.
You two are still arguing this nonsense, and have yet to give any empirical evidence to show your point. I realize you are saying there are pros and cons to each side, but you haven't been able to prove any cons to the fishless cycle, which is why this thread has gone in this direction. If you honestly think that the shrimp will bring in rotten things, then don't use it. There are other methods of fishless cycling like using pure ammonia or large amounts of fish food. Frankly none of them risk contaminating a "enclosed environment" any more then adding a fish from your LFS
. Even if you worked at your LFS
for 40 years and trusted their systems and livestock, there is NO guarantee that contamination couldn't come in from the wholesale dealer, a returned item or even someones hand. Putting anything in your tank will come with a risk of contamination, I've just never ever heard of a shrimp doing that.
you should never use a fish to cycle, there is absolutely no need when there are more viable and humane options.
Again Mupwi, very sorry that one of your first threads here has turned into this.