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Old 01-25-2013, 11:53 PM   #21
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Ok tanks might just do shrimp how many shrimp should i use?
What size tank is it?
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My QT is a 40 and my maine is a 110 with 55 sump
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My QT is a 40 and my maine is a 110 with 55 sump
You are trying to cycle all of them?
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Yes qt is a seprate system so one system is total 40 and the other around 160
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40 I would do one 55 one
110 maybe 2 as the shrimp breaks down it will start to produce ammonia. Do you know how the nitrite cycle works?
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Its ammonia>nitrite>nitrate
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Yes qt is a seprate system so one system is total 40 and the other around 160
Ok well I would do 2 in the main system. The qt personally I would use water from the main system and a hob filter with seeded media from the display usually you don't want substrate on a qt tank
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Its ammonia>nitrite>nitrate
Yep your ammonia will spike then nitrites then nitrates when the ammonia and nitrite is 0 again you should be cycled
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How I would do the qt tank personally is I would cycle my tank and put a extra hob filter on it with a fiber filter so it starts seeding then when you want to setup qt use display water and the extra hob
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Thats the one i bought and whats a good test kit i can buy one tomorrow
That's the right kind of ammonia, if you go that route. I used that in one tank, and it smells better IMO than the shrimp cycling. How big is the tank? It doesn't take much. In my 30g, I put less than a capful in. Then let it mix up about an hour and test ammonia level. It should be up to at least 4 ppm. If its not, add a little more and repeat test. Do this till it gets up to 4ppm. The good thing about the ammonia IMO is that you don't have to wait for the shrimp to rot and make a decent amount of ammonia. Also, you can make sure that your ammonia level gets high enough to support some fish after the cycle. Then test ammonia, nitrite and nitrate every day. When the ammonia gets down to zero, dose it back up to 4 while you wait for the nitrites to decrease. That will keep feeding the ammonia-eating bacteria so they don't die during the wait. After a short while, you'll notice that the ammonia will be zero every day, even though you've dosed with minis. That's a good thing, means your BB are strong enough to handle a decent bio-load.
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