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Old 07-31-2012, 12:00 AM   #41
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Leave until the cycle is complete. Any shrinp with no additives is fine.
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Old 07-31-2012, 12:02 AM   #42
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Leave until the cycle is complete. Any shrinp with no additives is fine.
Okie dokie sounds good, will I have to do any pwcs with a fishless cycle? I've always done fish-in cycles with my freshwater tanks
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Old 07-31-2012, 01:12 AM   #43
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Okie dokie sounds good, will I have to do any pwcs with a fishless cycle? I've always done fish-in cycles with my freshwater tanks
Considering you are cycling a 12 gallon FOWLR tank without a skimmer you could just use 1/2 a shrimp or a small one... let it decompose, and only worry about doing a water change at the very end of the cycle.

You may still want to put in some live rock (or base rock) while it cycles to let it build up bacteria on and in the rocks pores. If the live rock you eventually get is uncured it could make it's own ammonia spike and mini cycle (especially because your tank is small and skimmerless). You may have an easier time adding it in during your cycle just in case it causes you any brief issues later. Not a necessary step, it's just standard practice.
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Considering you are cycling a 12 gallon FOWLR tank without a skimmer you could just use 1/2 a shrimp or a small one... let it decompose, and only worry about doing a water change at the very end of the cycle.

You may still want to put in some live rock (or base rock) while it cycles to let it build up bacteria on and in the rocks pores. If the live rock you eventually get is uncured it could make it's own ammonia spike and mini cycle (especially because your tank is small and skimmerless). You may have an easier time adding it in during your cycle just in case it causes you any brief issues later. Not a necessary step, it's just standard practice.
It's a 16gallon just to clarify and yeah I put a small piece of shrimp in the tank last night. As far as LR goes I'm going to be getting some cured LR in the next few days my LFS seems to have some pretty decent pieces available
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Good. That way the bacteria has extra surface area to live on.
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Oh and if you haven't, put the shrimp in a net. That way once the cycle is complete you can just remove it without a problem and it won't cause a mess in your tank.
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Oh and if you haven't, put the shrimp in a net. That way once the cycle is complete you can just remove it without a problem and it won't cause a mess in your tank.
Yep shrimp is in the net
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Ok good. Any other questions?
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Not right now, but I'm sure there will be more so stay tuned thanks again!
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