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First cycle, grrr


mochi

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Over xmas, I bought a very small filter (this one) and a master fresh water test kit. I have a 2 gallon that I am trying to convert into a shrimp tank. I never cycled before, I read as much as I can and I think the basic is ammonia to nitrite, and than to nitrate. I can't find any pure ammonia so I'm just using some tropical fish pellets.

On a other forum, people suggested that I add a small piece of sponge to the filter to increase the space for bacteria to live and slow the current down which is what I did since the filter only has a thin fabric.

So far I tested the water after 3 days and the ammonia is only 0.25ppm. I know it takes time for food to rot, but how long should I wait to test for nitrite? I don't want to test everyday since its kind of wasteful, should I test after a week?

I'm a little confused about whether I should keep adding fish food or just wait for nitrate?

I would like to add plants eventually. Should I add the plants now or wait until the tank is cycled?

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So there's no possible way you can get pure ammonia? The pellets may start to rot,causing an unwanted mess and dirty water.

Is there any way you can get hold of a water heater?

I've read that you can choose to add plants during the cycle or when it is done establishing ;)

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If you are using this as a shrimp tank, I do not think you need to spend all that time pre-cycling the tank. The shrimp aren't really putting out that much waste. I'd just go for it. :)

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If you are using this as a shrimp tank, I do not think you need to spend all that time pre-cycling the tank. The shrimp aren't really putting out that much waste. I'd just go for it. :)

I never knew that :)

Saves you a lot of time :)

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