Originally Posted by Rosesrblu1
I'd throw those stinky shrimp,back in (or new ones). You want your ammonia to be at least 4 ppm
to have a steng cycle. Also, you will want to bump up your ph, it's looking pretty low. Try pointing the power head at the surface and see if it helps. You might not be getting enough gas exchange. Also, the carbon cleans that water, and you want the ammonia in the tank for the cycle. The pad you put in is taking it out. Not something you want right now. Trust us, please. We are not trying to sell you anything and take your money. We all have a lot of experience. The key to aquaria (successful aquaria) is patience. Let the cycle happen and you will be happy you did.
Not trying to be a Debbie downer...please don't take offense.
oh no no offence taken what so ever! im very thankful for the advice!!! Trust me, I am very excited for the tank, but I've put in so much money already and theres no fish even in the tank :P so i do want to do it right! Everything people have been telling me has been great info with the scientific facts to back it up. I have lots of faith in you guys!!
So I pointed the power head upwards, the water at the top its moving lots now! I was pointing it down towards the bottom bc I thought that would move the water from the bottom upwards.
Dug the stinky shrimp out and tossed one back in! bah so gross lol i threw it in the back so i dont have to look at it, its flaking apart! Will those flakes stink up my filters?
Would the temperature have anything to do with pH? What should the ideal temp be? I read 78F; Im having a hard time getting it there and my heater is for up to 70gallons and my tank is only 36g. Are digital thermometers better than the glass ?
I'm leaving for 4 days. I will test the water tomorrow morning. Is 4 days too long for that shrimp to stay in there? I can always get someone to test the ammonia and if I reach 4ppm have someone take it out? What do you think?
If i cant get the pH up, should I buy those chemicals that increase pH?