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cycle water params cherry shrimp

so i had set up my tank a few weeks ago. im planning on breeding cherry shrimp. anyways i set it up with dirt and plants and some java moss. so that was being cycled for a good week and a half i just let it sit with my filter on. then i got my shrimp. about 4 of them and a couple of small ones. so i had this little tiny guy in there and i found him dead and though huh thats weird then i find both my snails at the top of my tanks (which i know from experience is not a good sign). anyways all my adults are doing fine. so i thought id do a few water changes in the mean time to just to dilute things until i figure things out. i just ran to the store and bought a master kit and found my nitrite levels and nitrate levels were pretty high. what could this be from. should i have let the tank cycle longer? what should i do to keep my shrimp alive
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Yes you should have let the tank cycle longer. Most people don't add shrimp to tanks that are not completely cycled and a month is a good safety window if you don't have a test kit. Even a month may not be enough if something resets the cycle process.

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You usually need more like 6 weeks. You can move the shrimp to a large bowl and change most of the water every few days until your tank is cycled.

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o wow ok. thanks so much. i just transfered them to a huge old glass jar with some java moss. they seem to be a bit happier now. so hopefully i can get them back to the tank soon
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it turns out i had (unknowlingly) been using some stresszyme to dechlor my water. i guess this might have given the tank a little boost in the cycling which might be why there was a sudden change in my water. so yea i guess ill just keep my eye on the params of the water and keep my shrimp in their little safe haven until its cycled through. has anyone used stress zyme before? i hear mixed things about it but i do have to say, after using it to dechlor my water, the tank was super clear.
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