Originally Posted by Medic193
Ok so I got some sand in and I put 2 raw shrimp in. I took some water out and put some demineralized h2o in. My tank was over salted bc I wasn't told the right size when I bought. My salinity is now at the top of the acceptable zone, 34, sg
Also got a new LED
light. Hope I'm on the right track. I bought a water testing kit.. 5 in 1. So I should just be monitoring the water before t
I add anymore rocks?
How will I know when there's enough bacteria and when I'm ready for fish? Here's a pic of the tank a few hrs after I put argonite in.
If you have more LR
already, add it now. If that's all you have, that's fine. Just after your cycled, if you get more rock, either get dry base rock and rinse it off before you put in tank or only get 1 piece of LR
at a time. If you add too much LR
to a cycled tank, you could set off a mini cycle and hurt the fish.
A specific gravity of 1.026 is great- I think most people keep theirs at 1.025-1.026. The light looks nice!! I love LEDs. Let the shrimp rot in there, you can test ammonia, nitrite and nitrate every day during the cycle- it's good practice.
You'll see ammonia go up (needs to get to at least 4ppm), then it'll start to decrease and nitrites will rise and then decrease, then you'll get nitrates. When ammonia and nitrites spike and return to zero, then you're cycled. Your nitrates will probably be high at that point- do a PWC
to get them down below 40 (lower is better though) and then your ready for fish!! This is a great time to research fish you wanna get.