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Old 11-16-2011, 08:57 AM   #1
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Do i need to cycle my shrimp tank?

Hey all! Soon I'll have an empty ten gallon and I would live to make it a shrimp tank. Do I need to cycle it? Or do shrimp not have much of a bioload? I'll have about 20 shrimp.
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I would, they do much better in a well established tank. If not, at least stuff it with plants.
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But once it cycles they will hardly have a bioload and won't the tank "uncylce" because there's not a big ammonia source?
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Maybe I could keep a couple small fish in there to keep the cycle?
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They will keep a cycle anyway. I kept 20 in a 10g and it remained established. If youre worried you can add some harmless snails like ramshorns. Fish are ok if you dont mind shrimplets getting eaten
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Well this will be for breeding and selling so no fish. So an apple snail with 20 shrimp will do?
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But once it cycles they will hardly have a bioload and won't the tank "uncylce" because there's not a big ammonia source?
The colony will adjust to the bioload with the shrimp in there. And if you're fishless cycling you don't need to go all the way too 4ppm.
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Well this will be for breeding and selling so no fish. So an apple snail with 20 shrimp will do?
If i put one of my mysteries in there, i would expect it to eat adults! I wouldnt suggest it
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I have a mystery in my 10g community with 1 rcs and 5 ghosts.
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As gaby said, you aren't going to 'lose' a cycle, the bacteria will adjust to the bioload. I'm not sure why everyone thinks that a tank will un-cycle if it doesn't have a big ammonia source, I can only speculate that it may be because of the ppm #'s thrown around during a fishless cycle. Either way, it'll be fine, just let it get established, the more stable the parameters the better.

When I first started my shrimp tank(s) I tossed shrimp in with plants, and they did o.k., but others did not. It was pretty hit and miss, but I did notice after a few months the tanks all did well, so take it for what it's worth.
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