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Old 04-14-2005, 01:20 AM   #1
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Raw shrimp decaying in tank stinks...

Ok,.. I have a 90 gallon tank and I've decided go with the fishless method. I've thrown three raw shrimps and after 4 days my house is starting to stink up. Is this normal???
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Yes, the shrimp is rotting, converting to ammonia, to feed the cycle.
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Try adding some sheets of carbon where there's some heavy water flow. Helped the smell a whole lot for me.
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Pull the shrimp out and smell it
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I just received my live Fiji rock today. There are no fish in the tank just the stinky rotton shrimp. Can I throw the live rock in?
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Yes put the rock in. Most people cycle with the shrimp and LR at the sametime.
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I ended up pulling my shrimp out after several days. it doesn't take much to start the amonia cycle. and your live rock should have enough to feed on if your tank is stinking that bad.
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I'd also pull the shrimp now.
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Eat the shrimp! I double dog dare ya!
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