14G tank: unable to cycle in shrimp method
Okay, so my 14G tank has been cycling for the past 5 days now. for the first 3 days i had one shrimp, when the shrimp started smelling horribly bad, i replaced the shrimp with two more new ones[to speed it up]. These two were partly cooked shrimps though. and these two guys have been in the tank since Saturday.
I just got my master test kit today, and decided to test it. Ammonia level was just 0.5-1.0pp 0 nitrites 0 nitrates. I'm confused, i expected ammonia to be atleast 8pp. I do have a flourite classic substrate and a single anubias plant on a drift wood. could these be absorbing the ammonia? I've just added two more raw shrimps in there.. I'm going to plant the tank[yet to order], but still want the beneficial bacteria to take hold, just in case.