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Old 12-11-2006, 08:34 PM   #11
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Old 12-15-2006, 09:59 PM   #12
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OK, I went with the raw shrimp to cycle the QT tank. I didn't see the first suggestion to use just part of a shrimp for a tank that small, and I used one single "medium" sized shrimp.

Today makes it 3 days, so I started testing thinking I wouldn't see much the first 2 days until the shrimp would start to decompose.

However, on Day #3, I'm already seeing...

Ammonia = 4.0
Nitrite = 0.25

That was certainly fast. I was prepared for this to take 3-4 weeks or more...but I'm already seeing Nitrites on Day #3? Should I remove part of the shrimp? Or is the full shrimp going to speed up the process?

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It looks like you are in good shape, the initial LR may have helped. I saw ammonia within the first 5 days or so. I think, you can probably remove the shrimp or at least what you can get of him and let the cycle complete. Props on the fishless cycle!
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Yes... definitely remove the shrimp. Too much ammonia will slow things down - it did for me. And don't use a net to scoop out the shrimp. It may look solid, but it isn't! Yuck! Try to get under it with a baggie or something.
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It sounds like you are on your way. Where are you at on the cycle today?
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It sounds like you are on your way. Where are you at on the cycle today?
Differentiating the colors of a liquid against the colors on the cards has always been difficult if you ask me...especially as the nitrates peak, the card shows blue, and then 5 slightly different shades of purple.

At any rate, this is what I think I've seen...

Day #1 -
Day #2 -
Day #3 - Ammonia 4.00, Nitrites 0.25
Day #4 - Ammonia 4.00, Nitrites 0.25
Day #5 - Ammonia 4.00, Nitrites 0.50
Day #6 -
Day #7 - Ammonia 3.00, Nitrites 3.00

The ammonia is coming down, and the nitrites are peaking.
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Good, your tank is cycling. Be patient
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