Oh....my....word! I added a shrimp (dead, from the grocery store) to the tank on Sat as I thought my cycle might be stalled, and holy crap, my room smells like a**!
I know this is normal for cycling with shrimp, but wow, I had no idea. My husband is sleeping in the guest room tonight and I am not sure he will ever forgive me, lol.
When can I take this thing out, and is there anything I can do to help cut the smell a little? I am going to throw another powerhead in there, aimed closer to the surface for more oxygen exchange, and crack the window ( but it is getting cold now and it is supposed to dip to the 30s at night this week).
Tested tonight and Ammo is at about 1, no trites yet, trates are less than 5. Obviously the shrimp kicked the cycle into high gear cuz ammonia has more than doubled in less than 48 hours. I have read once ammo reaches 2ppm, I can take the shrimp out. Is that accurate? I also just ordered some extra purigen, carbon, and pure ammonia, rushed, it will be here Thursday. Once the shrimp is out, should I continue dosing with ammonia as needed to complete the cycle?
I read about this "smell factor" with cycling, but dang!!!!, they dont really mention you might end up divorced over it! Hahahaha
Oh, also, looking for a good in tank skimmer, 37 gallon tank, no sump. I really dont want to skimp on this, but it has to be fairly quiet, and i would rather spurge on it now than cheap out and have to replace in 6 months.