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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-28-2012, 11:10 PM Thread Starter
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hey so im thinking of setting up a tank for my cherry shrimp for the babies. im only planning on having the substrate in there. do i still need to cycle it though? im planning on putting a sponge filter on it too and maybe an air pump
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Yes, you will still need to cycle the aquarium if you are planning to keep livestock in it.

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You need to cycle all the sediment or filter media for every tank that you plan to keep anything living besides plants in.

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alright cool. i have a tank cycling right now i might buy a bio media filter for it. right now it just has a sponge on it. how will it have any nitrates/ nitries to cycle if i have nothing in it?
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Of course not. You need to add ammonia to feed the cycle. Bacteria and plants then break that down into nitrates and nitrites.

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Ace Hardware is the most accessible place in CA to get plain ammonia. It's ridiculously cheap, too.

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