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Old 07-29-2013, 09:43 PM   #1
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Strong Bacteria Colony

I'm attempting to start my first salt water tank. I am dosing ammonia to my bacteria in a fishless cycle. I have a unique situation in that I plan to grow shrimp to eat and plan to put 500 small shrimp in my 250 gallon tank all at once. I plan to heavily dose the tank with ammonia in order to build up my bacteria. I've sized the bio filter for the shrimp and I am working on simulating the planned feeding bioload with ammonia. I've seen recommendations that my tank is ready when the bacteria can digest 4ppm of ammonia in 6 hours. My question is once I've built up this massive colony of bacteria and add my shrimp how can I feed the bacteria once I have shrimp. The food wont break down for days and I'm doubtful that the shrimp will initially put off much ammonia, I don't want to starve my bacteria before the shrimp and food waste start producing large amounts of ammonia.

I had an idea to get about 10 gallons of fresh water and dose it to 8ppm ammonia, then add Seachem Prime to the fresh water to convert the ammonia into a non-toxic form that is readily removed by the tank's biofilter. Is this a good idea? Does anyone know of an effective way to feed the bacteria without harming the shrimp?

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Feeding the shrimp will be enough. If you have 500 shrimp in there eating, the bacteria will be fine.
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