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Old 09-19-2008, 01:43 AM   #1
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Cycling with shrimp???

I am cycling a QT with shrimp. This is the first time I have done it this way, I cycled my first/main tank over a year ago with damsels and cured live rock. So here is my question which I should know the answer to.
I threw one frozen cocktail shrimp in my 10-gallon QT. The ammonia rose all the way up to around 3ppm and is now fallen down to 0 and the Nitrites are VERY high. (Now for the part I am probably over analyzing) If my ammonia is now 0 what is going to keep the ammonia eating bacteria alive? Do I need to add a pinch of food every day since I think that shrimp has disintegrated except for the shell? When using the damsels this was never an issue because the damsels always produced waste. Thanks.
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Good question. Once the nitrItes hit 0 and your nitrAtes are up, do a PWC and add a pinch of food a few times a week to feed the bacteria. Do you have a filter on the QT?
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Yeah, I have a BioWheel and some live rock rubble from my main tank. So basically I don't have to worry about my ammonia eating bacteria dying off with no ammonia until both of my spikes ammonia and nitrite are 0. Thanks.
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