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Old 01-18-2010, 09:43 AM   #1
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Cycling my tank with a raw shrimp and I was just wondering how long it usually take sfor the shrimp to start decaying? Been about 5 days and there is still no ammonia readings.
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Old 01-18-2010, 12:02 PM   #2
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How big is the tank and how big is the shrimp? If it's just a little popcorn shrimp in a 90 gallon tank it may not show up very well I'm thinking. Plus do you have the heater cranked up? High heat can speed up the decay process.
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It's a 75 gallon with a large shrimp and the temperature is at 80
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Mine took about 5-6 days to start showing on the test kit. What kind of test kit are you using.
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the general rule of thumb is one large jumbo cocktail shrimp for every 30 gallons. you may want to go ahead and throw another one in
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I tried doing this for my 150G, I had as many as 8 large shrimp in there for over 2 weeks and never saw an ammonia reading. I started adding pure ammonia (I could only find it at Ace Hardware) and within 8 days, the shrimp decomposed and the tank was cycled.
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