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Old 04-09-2012, 07:32 PM   #11
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I think so but not completely sure ill get someone that knows more about planted tanks
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Hi and welcome to AA!
I would say your tanks about full now. I wouldn't add any more fish. shrimp are fine though.
Did you just let the tank sit for a week then add the fish? Unfortunately that's not cycling. To cycle you need an ammonia source. In this case the fish. When you added the fish you stated the cycle. Can you test your tap water for nitrates?
There is alot of debate about whether carbon removes fertilizers or not. Personally I don't use carbon in any tanks so i don't really have an opinion. It only last a week or two then needs replacing. If your tanks well maintained there is no need for it.

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Okay. I asked the question in the "Equipment" section, seems more appropriate to ask there, too.
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Thanks Elise
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Hi Elise!

Added plants right away and the fish later, but added the Safestart with the fish. I'd read that that stuff introduced what was needed to move the cycling process along pretty quickly. Would being at 0ppm ammonia, 0ppm nitrite and 40ppm nitrate indicate it's cycled? Should I hold off on adding shrimp?

So you don't use carbon at all, huh? What's in your filter if you don't mind my asking?
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I use bio balls and floss or pads sand
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Hi Elise!

Added plants right away and the fish later, but added the Safestart with the fish. I'd read that that stuff introduced what was needed to move the cycling process along pretty quickly. Would being at 0ppm ammonia, 0ppm nitrite and 40ppm nitrate indicate it's cycled? Should I hold off on adding shrimp?

So you don't use carbon at all, huh? What's in your filter if you don't mind my asking?
Quite a lot of those cycling products do squat quite frankly. I am guessing you have nitrate in your tap water or have had a REALLY fast cycle.

I use sponge, floss and bio media like pot scrubbies, bioballs or ceramic rings in all my filter.
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