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Old 06-10-2009, 04:25 PM   #11
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I wouldn't do water changes unless you start seeing ammonia show up. The whole point is to see if nitrates show up without the accompanying ammonia/nitrites. And doing water changes at this point only dilutes the things you're trying to measure.
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Old 06-10-2009, 04:37 PM   #12
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We tested the water last night, after 24 hours of having the shrimp in the tank. Ammonia and nitrites were both zero; nitrates were at 5. Is this a good sign? Thanks again...you guys are great!
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Yup... good sign. Sounds like your rock was truly cured and you have a cycled tank!
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Sounds like it to me also.
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Awesome! With that being said...should we still keep the shrimp in the tank until it's gone?
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PWC's will as Mike stated save most of your critter and also the animals in your LR. Doing PWC will not harm your tank in any way. Most of your bactria are in your rock and sand.
Leave the shrimp in, it will feed your tank, until you get some fish and or corals.
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I'd take the shrimp out - it served its purpose. All it will do now is continue to pollute your tank with nitrates. Since you did measure nitrates, then yeah... a water change is in order to reduce the nitrates as much as possible before adding more critters. Two or three 25% PWCs should bring them down pretty good.

[Edit: thincat snuck another line in there after the bell! Regarding leaving it in or out, if you don't plan on adding any fish for several weeks, then yeah - like thincat mentioned, leaving it in will help keep the bacteria "fed". Nitrifying bacteria, if left without an ammonia source (like fish poop, fish respiration, excess food, eetc), will die off, leaving your once cycled tank now back at square one. But if you're going to add fish right away, no need to leave the shrimp in.]
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Sorry for the low blow...
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