Hrmm I just added recommended dosage. It works the same way as getting substrate from an established tank does. Still takes about a week to cycle (much faster than without though). I waited for the spike to go up then goto 0 before introducing fish. I guess I put in too much fish at once. 3 blue platys one day, then 3 pandas the next, and 2 otos after that. Going to hold off on replacing the oto until it stabilizes.
Picked up 3 small ebony rock pieces for $5 (ripoff lol) earlier today and threw them in the tank. I saw maybe 2 RCS while rescaping, some might have gotten eaten off. It's okay, some actually started breeding in my 1/2 gal
Pics (Day +2)
added some rocks, think I muddied the waters again just after it cleared
left side, angled for hiding
feeding on somewhatshock's veggie stick, even the betta nibbles on it
evil "ghost" shrimp approaching 2" I believe, turning gold?