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02-16-2013 12:28 AM
Django
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Only one of the tank had dirt so I will defiantly have to do a bit of ferts. Ill snap better pics of them later. I do have some nutra fin plant gro and was thinking of doing a half dosage once a week since i have shrimp. do ypu just add them in with water changes? Do you add the amount for the whole tank or just what amount of water you are replacing?

I Also have to work on better lighting for those tanks, I will probably work on adding a few more led strips

So far one tank has CRS/CBS and the other has Rillis. Once I am able to do a bit more breeding they will double as fry tanks. It should be a fun process
You follow the directions on the bottle and 50% water change before you start again. And I assume you already know whether you should fertilize a soil substrate. It should only be helping (substrate fertilizer) plants that are heavy root feeders.

I would say go ahead with the Plant Gro if you find by reading the bottle that it's suitable. For the shrimp, they are aquatic animals too, and probably have close to plants' needs. Maybe there are special ferts for shrimp, though. But go ahead and try it. I use Seachem Flourish Comprehensive which is micronutrients. Be very careful of using Copper in shrimp tanks.

Steven
02-15-2013 04:26 PM
shift
planted cycling - how much how long?

Only one of the tank had dirt so I will defiantly have to do a bit of ferts. Ill snap better pics of them later. I do have some nutra fin plant gro and was thinking of doing a half dosage once a week since i have shrimp. do ypu just add them in with water changes? Do you add the amount for the whole tank or just what amount of water you are replacing?

I Also have to work on better lighting for those tanks, I will probably work on adding a few more led strips

So far one tank has CRS/CBS and the other has Rillis. Once I am able to do a bit more breeding they will double as fry tanks. It should be a fun process
02-15-2013 12:58 PM
Django Hey shift,

With those plants all the ammonia will be a thing of the past. No new nitrates either - you may need to dose it. Also, start dosing micronutrients. All the other pieces must be in place and working - adequate ligting, micronutrients, nitrates around 20 ppm, water circulation. The only thing left to do is populate, which you can do after the plants are planted and working. Congrats.

Steven
02-15-2013 09:58 AM
shift A little more planted now



02-08-2013 08:21 AM
shift Guess who's having shrimp cocktail this weekend! :P

Thanks Django
02-08-2013 08:15 AM
Django The best answer I can come up with from a quck google search is put a small piece of raw fish in each tank and leave it until you get back. Next question...

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Nitrites are finally 0 within 24 hours of dosing 3-4ppm ammonia.

Next question. I have to go out of town for work for 3-4 days. Will not dosing the tanks with ammonia for a few days mess up the cycle? I don't want to put fish or shrimp in until i get back. (and get someone to feed multiple tanks while i'm away)
02-08-2013 07:20 AM
shift Nitrites are finally 0 within 24 hours of dosing 3-4ppm ammonia.

Next question. I have to go out of town for work for 3-4 days. Will not dosing the tanks with ammonia for a few days mess up the cycle? I don't want to put fish or shrimp in until i get back. (and get someone to feed multiple tanks while i'm away)
02-07-2013 04:23 AM
shift So i just tested the nitrite and got 0 on 2 tanks and .1 on the other... 3-4ppm of ammonia gone in 12 hours.. not bad at all for accelerated cycling! (1.5 ish weeks since i started)


i upped my does from 1.5ml up to 2 ml to test in the morning and see where its at!

I love accelerating cycling
02-02-2013 04:41 AM
shift So this morning i was at 4ppm ammonia and 12 hours later i'm at 1-2ppm.. which is a good sign, hopefully 0 by morning
02-02-2013 02:06 AM
shift The bubblers are part of my speed of the cycle methods. they will be replaced with sponge filters once they arrive, but bubblers are better than nothing!
02-02-2013 01:29 AM
Django Lookin' good...why not put the bubbler inside the skull? Actually these bacteria need oxygen and give out, you guessed it, CO2!

Gotta go.
02-02-2013 12:27 AM
shift AS an update, i have learned that 2.5ml of ammonia will give you about 4ppm.

And for fun a few pics of my tanks. (cell phone shots, will take better ones later!)

The "main" origional tank. Currently housing 4 neons, 12 cpds a nerite snail and 10ish pumpkin shrimp




My Second breeding/"love shack" tank, now housing 10ish PFR shrimp and 10-15 fry!

It made me laugh when i lifted up the light and saw the nice coating of algae over the edge directly under it and the filter rocks.. but i'm sure its some how beneficial so it can stay for now.. (at least while the fry are there)



3 tanks that are currently cycling, will be a shrimp/fry tanks.
providing they finish cycling soon i may have 12 yellow shrimp moving into one of them next week.




I will probably do some re-scaping later as i prefer the natural look.. but for now i decided to use some of the ornaments that came with the tanks.
01-31-2013 03:07 AM
shift Thanks bikinibottom!

How many drops of ammonia are you using per day for your 20 gal?

Do you do water changes at all during cycling or is it all off the original fill?
01-31-2013 03:01 AM
bikinibottom
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My main question is if i am dosing 4 drops of ammonia daily... after how many hours should I test it and confirm its at 0 ?
I've always waited for 24 hours on my tanks. For example, I'm cycling a 20-gal right now, and when I wake up in the morning I test to see where the ammonia and nitrite is at. Then I dose ammonia. Then I wait and re-check the next morning. If it's been 24 hours and everything is 0, then I dose one more time, wait 12 hours, and check again. If it's still 0 in 12 hours, then the cycle is done. If there's still lingering ammonia or nitrites, I keep dosing until those two are 0.
01-31-2013 12:37 AM
shift ill try the does in the am, wait an hour test then test 12 hours later to see the difference

tomorrows test!
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