What is your setup like? I have a 29G Biocube, and I cycled in a month or so. But I did use LR
, even took out the bioballs and put LR
rubble in the back (I didn't make the bioball switch until a month or two after I cycled though) I'd avoid adding any chemicals or magic bacteria. Just with the raw shrimp in there, and let nature take its course. Did you double check your water parameters with a LFS
? Also make sure you don't do any water changes until your cycle is complete. Oh, just noticed that you removed the shrimp...you should leave that in until your cycle is complete. That is your source of ammonia, and will continue to feed the cycle. One you remove that, the ammonia die down, and then there is nothing to feed your nitrite bloom. I actually left mine in after the cycle, but I see you don't want hermits, so you probably should take it out AFTER the tank is cycled completely.