Thanks Bostoneric and discoveringmypath,
funny thing you mention the fluval edge sponge, I just installed that on this tank and my other main planted tank since I started seeing baby shrimp in my main tank. I don't think the little ones will survive in main tank since there are so many fish, but figured I would up the chance by putting a spone on the intake on my main as well.
I'll hold off on the purgien (thanks for that tip), but since I was putting it the other tank, I pulled some ceramic tubes from my main filter and put it in this shrimp tank HOB. Hopefully, that will jumpstart the cycle a little better.
I'm looking for some moss and plants to add... ideally, moss on driftwood sounds like a plan, but I gotta find some. If anyone in the San Jose, CA are has some spare driftwood, I would be interested..
I'm getting a little worried, the tests have all been about the same for the last 3 days..
Ammonia = ~1
Nitrate = 0
Nitrite = 20ppm
how quickly should things be changing. I thought the soil would be leaching more ammonia, but it seems like it's not going up.
Should I add some snails?
thanks for the advice guys!