Originally Posted by ilikefish_
Okay after the nitrates and ammonia and everything is at zero could I add crab and shrimp to eat all the algae the cycle has caused in my tank? And after they eat it all would it be then safe to add some fish?
You want ammonia and nitrITE to be 0 you'll have to lower the nitrates through wc
's. Your algae looks like diatoms which will go away on there own but if you want to add some hermits and snails that's fine to, but shrimp require more mature systems so I would wait a couple months on them. If you don't want snails and hermits, then you can add a low bio load fish instead