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Old 10-29-2012, 11:57 AM   #1
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raw shrimp

Cant buy raw shrimp anywhere to cycle out my tank, so as an allternative could i put in some frozen brine shrimp fish foodcin there n let that rot ?
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Old 10-29-2012, 12:10 PM   #2
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Fish food works, maybe throw a damsel in there. That would be best.
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Old 10-29-2012, 12:15 PM   #3
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Not to sound to thick but very new to this wot is a damsel? Lol
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Old 10-29-2012, 12:23 PM   #4
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Damsels are a type of fish that are commonly used to cycle tanks because they're very hardy. Personally, I wouldn't go with the damsel. They're also very aggressive, and I've heard stories about them become a scourge upon the tank. Besides, fish in cycling takes much more work than fishless cycling.
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Old 10-29-2012, 12:31 PM   #5
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So would u just stick to a fishless cycle then n keep putting food in there and nutrafin cycle? Cause was advised to put fish in there to kick off cycle so put 2 clowns in there n they died on day 3 :-( my results from yesterday are
Ammonia 2.0
Nitrite 5.0
Nitrate 40
Ph 8.0
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Old 10-29-2012, 12:47 PM   #6
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Ya those trite readings will kill anything you put in the tank. Just keep adding fish food (you don't need the nutrafin) and your cycle will come along just fine. It's not as precise as using pure ammonia but still works
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Old 10-29-2012, 12:59 PM   #7
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Thanks very much fish food brine shrimp or fkakes? N how much ?
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Most lfs will take the damsel back when your done with him.
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Was told itll die in my tsnk with the reading i av at the moment tho ?
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It may or may not die but I don't think it's fair on the fish to try it!

You don't need to be constantly feeding and empty tank you can use one block of frozen food and that should do it.

After about 4 - 6 weeks you should have 0 nitrites , 0 Ammonia and nitrate close to 0 as possible. Then add one small fish. Leave it for another 3 - 4 weeks and add another! Take it slow!
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