Cycling with Shrimp...
I've never really done a cycle that I closely monitor, so this is a bit new to me. Usually I just throw some fish food in to get things started, wait a few months, and make sure all the readings are good before I add anything.
On my 10 gallon, however, I did want to do a bit of a closer cycle. I added a single shrimp, the kind you buy frozen in the bag, and cut it into 3 pieces. After 3 days the ammonia is .5 ppm (the API test kit colors are hard to distinguish, but it's definitely not more than 1 ppm). I heard 3 ppm is the goal. The shrimp are looking a bit icky, fuzz growing on them and the like, and making a nasty little film on the top of the water. (the kind a new tank usually gets I guess)
My question is, should I be patient for the 3 ppm goal? Will the protein film on top of the water somehow hurt my floating watersprite?