tank's looking great. have you considered using purigen to keep the ammonia levels down or will you let it gradually leach out over time?
Thanks. I plan on cycling the tank until I have no ammonia...not really in a rush for this to be done. I have Purigen bags in all my tanks so I'll be dropping one in the new Eheim as well when it arrives.
Since Hurricane Sandy has currently knocked out my power I was doing some random iPhone reading on shrimpsider and thought this below paragraph would keep me grounded.
Have you ever had a bad phase with your shrimp and considered giving up?
Oh gosh, YES! I have had several. I think everyone most likely does. Since, as humans we learn from experience which are often failures, it is essential. The most important thing to learn is how to limit the mental, physical, monetary and most importantly emotional costs of those mistakes. The SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT TIP I can give anyone is to go slowly and methodically. Don’t rush into any project no matter how much you want the shrimp or how awesome the deal you can get is. The shrimp will probably just die anyway. Slow down, do your research, gather the proper equipment and allow the time to cycle and age your tanks. Unless you are well experienced, don’t listen to those who tell you that it is ok to cycle your tank in a week or two or even 3! Sure, you may get you filter cycled along with your substrate. This is not all there is to keeping shrimp. As a novice, you may now rush your tank, get shrimp and even if it is properly cycled you will not have enough biofilm in the tank to help supplement the shrimp. In turn, shrimp may die of starvation, disease or other issues deriving from stress. If you feed them with supplemental shrimp/fish foods most new keepers are inexperienced and don’t feed a diverse diet or worse, feed the shrimp too much and end up overwhelming the new tank and its very new bacterial filtration. This will again results in death. I am not trying to be mean, but I often chuckle at threads where I read sob stories about shrimp dying and the “dire needed” help. When I read I find that most often corners were cut and now any number of issue can be the result. In my experience, 100% of my die offs were due to human error, 98% my own personal error. The important thing is to pick your head up, get back to research and ask questions.