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Old 07-31-2011, 12:45 PM   #1
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Cycling a new tank

How long should a shrimp be in the tank before I remove it. The shrimp is used for cycling.
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Old 07-31-2011, 07:26 PM   #2
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I don't think any creatures should be used for cycling...all you need is saltwater, live rocks and sand for cycling...but anyways it takes on average about a month to cycle a saltwater tank in order for the bacteria to grow...
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Old 07-31-2011, 07:35 PM   #3
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Haha I think he's talking about a raw shrimp. Some people leave it in until it's dissolved. It'll keep feeding the bacteria as it decomposes.
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I've never used a shrimp. I'd say just the live rock by itself, but that's just me.
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i hope so i would feel sorry for the poor shrimp ; ;
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i usually just let it dissolve wont hurt anything
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Old 07-31-2011, 09:27 PM   #7
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Yes the shrimp is raw and bought at the local grocery store.
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I have used this method many of times. Make sure you have 2, put them in media bags. 1 will float in the water and the other will be on the sand. Make SURE IT IS ON THE SAND!! Keep them in there till it stinks. You will know cause it will smell bad. Then take them out and wait a day or two till the smell goes away. Test, if they are good you are good to go. Be SURE the shrimp is uncooked!!
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How bad does it have to stink before I take it out?
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How bad does it have to stink before I take it out?
It will stink pretty bad. Like a fw tank. You will definitely know when it stinks..
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