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Old 10-26-2006, 11:52 PM   #11
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Ok so I have the QT tank set up and running. Did a water change from my main into the QT tank. I have a heater, 6 peices of PVC, 2 HOB filters and a rio pump for circulation.
I have aded the biowheels and some sand from the main.
Do I need to drop some peices of krill in there as well to see if it will cycle?
Also I spoke to a LFS and they said to make sure, I might want to add a bottle of the turbo start???? Its apparently bacteria in a bottle? Would this help?
Again I wont get the fish for another 1-2 weeks but want to make sure the tank is cycled.
What temp do you keep QT tanks at? I have it around 80-81 right now
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Old 10-27-2006, 08:11 AM   #12
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Don't need the sand in a QT. Bare bottom is prefered. Check out our articles section for more advice on QT setup.

Just drop a fresh shrimp in there to cycle it. Stay away from "cycle in a bottle" IMO. What size QT by the way?

Keep the QT same temp and lighting cycle (ph. salinity, etc) as your main so that fishies won't be too stressed moving from one to the other.
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Old 10-27-2006, 12:41 PM   #13
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Its a 30 gallon long. (Breeder tank from what I understand).
Also where do you find a "fresh" shrimp? I checked at the local walmart and they said all of the seafood dept shrimp are already seasoned. So where do I get one of these.
Also how long do you leave the shrimp in there? Last time I tried the shrimp thing, I left it in there for like a week and ended up with a snoty slime in the tank...was VERY nasty and dont think a fish would have survived if I would have put it in there.
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Try a local grocery store, for the shrimp. You can leave it in there till your nitrItes spike, I would think, or until the cycle is over. After it rots, you might not be able to get it out in one piece! LOL!
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Old 10-27-2006, 01:39 PM   #15
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Yep grocery store. I've heard some put the shrimp in a sack of cheesecloth or something , but you don't have to IMO. After 4 or 5 days when the ammonia spikes, you can remove it anyway.

The shrimp will be out for a couple weeks maybe before fish or cleanup crew is added. One medium sized shrimp should do it.

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Old 10-27-2006, 02:38 PM   #16
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What happens if the biowheels and LS (already put this in there before the posting saying I dont need it) is enough and I dont get a spike? Is this possible?
So lets say it does spike and I have a cycle, then do I change the water? Do I feed the tank since I dont have a fish in there?
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I don't understand your first question. Now that you mention feeding the tank. If you can't find a shrimp, you can use fish food.
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Ok so I put the biowheels (that had been soaking in my sump) in action last night..in other words they are in the HOB filters now working as if there was a fish in the QT. So I should have a good bacteria base on the biowheels as well as in the LS that I put in the tank.
So once I put the shrimp in the tank, what happens if I DONT get a spike? Since I have a bacteria base in there I might not - right?
So the fish food will be good enough to drop in there once the tank is established? How often should I "feed" the tank? Also how much fish food?
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Ok, I get it now. Test your water, and see what results you have. It's very possible you have enough bacteria on the biowheels and sand. When you put the shrimp in, you will get an ammonia spike, regardless if the tank is cycled. The ammonia will come from the decay, as if you have a critter die in your tank. Actually, you might want to skip the shrimp since you may already have it partially/fully cycled, and just use a pinch of food. Really, it all comes down to what your water params are. As for feeding the tank in the future, a pinch about twice a week should keep the bacteria happy.
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Ok so I will go buy myself a shrimp this weekend and drop it in there for 4-5 days and see what happens. I did notice I have a little snail in my QT this morning from the LS I put in there. So I guess all is well so far.
Also this sounds weird but I put the LS in a small baggie, opened the baggie up and so the sand is still in the baggie. I assume this is ok?I didnt want it clouding up my tank..
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