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Old 04-09-2007, 05:37 PM   #1
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Cycling with LR

We bought a 12g tank just to practice cycling and to test water conditions before we get the big tank. We might put one fish and a cleanup crew in the future. I added 7lbs of LR but only noticed the day later that it had a clam and small snail in a crevice. The clam was alive as I could see it open and close. Should I still add a small piece of dead shrimp for the cycling process? I was also thinking of adding a couple more lbs of LR.
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IMO if the LR shows no signs of die off, ie ammopnia and/or nitrite readings, after a couple days, you could probably start to add a clean up crew, etc. Adding a shrimp would be good for really developing a bacteria colony, but you'll have to monitor ammonia and nitrite and do PWC's accordingly. Too high levels of ammo/nitrite can kill off the beneficial life in/on the rock.
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OK thanks. I accidentally put in half a shrimp for half a day yesterday. I will test the water again today.
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