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post #16 of 21 (permalink) Old 12-19-2012, 05:35 PM Thread Starter
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Ok! I'm going for the overkill
Although... can I still add my shrimp right
after I put the layer of eco over the dirt?
That's the only thing I'm not so sure about.
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post #17 of 21 (permalink) Old 12-19-2012, 05:43 PM
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No, you'll need to cycle your tank completely before adding any shrimp.

Ideally, your tank would cycle for 4-6 weeks before shrimp move in.
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I don't want to cycle my tank again since it's been
running for 8 months already. I thought eco-complete
was plug-and-play? My shrimp really wouldn't survive being
in a bucket for a day. :p
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ooohhhhh, didn't notice that you had shrimp in the tank already......
well, theoretically, if you keep the water in your filters, then dirt the tank and cap it with eco-complete, you still will have a lot of beneficial bacteria in your filters......

its difficult when doing a re-scape with a tank that is already somewhat set up. The shrimp could go a day in the bucket, if not a little more, especially if you have your filter running in the bucket as well. That would help. No matter what you do though, a substrate change will cause a mini-cycle in your tank, or just full on restart the cycle.

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Shrimp are sensitive enough that going with dirt and a cap will likely kill them. Primarily due to the mini-cycle that will take place.

Do you have a friend with a tank who could host them for a while? Or do you have a sponge filter you could put into a bucket with them?
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My cousins have a few tanks, but their all
have bigger fish. If I keep some of the old
gravel in the tank, will it shorten the cycle?
My current gravel is black anyways. I'll use it
to make hills. I do have a old HOB filter I could
use. If dirt is this complicated, I would just use
root tabs. No cycling needed for that... right??
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