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tank is running for 2 and a half weeks.. shrimp?

I have the tank running now for two and a half weeks. Had plants in it after a few days and I have a few ottos and black mollies in there for the last week... Should I wait a bit longer before getting cherry and tiger shrimp? I know they are sensitive to ammonia.
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I have the tank running now for two and a half weeks. Had plants in it after a few days and I have a few ottos and black mollies in there for the last week... Should I wait a bit longer before getting cherry and tiger shrimp? I know they are sensitive to ammonia.
test your water, thats the only sure fire answer. however you should have a fair colony of bacteria built up, but don't take my word for it, just take some water to petco or petsmart and have them test it for you

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Better yet, buy a testing kit. A master testing kit for amonia, nitrate/trite etc. will pay for itself in reduced losses and keeping you from pulling your hair out in frustration trying to figure out what's going on with your tanks and the bottles of test liquid will last you hundreds of tests.
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19 bucks on amazon for api master test kit. Free shipping with prime.
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Oh, patience... Mother of all virtues....

Why not stick to the month rule?


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If you really don't want to buy a testing kit just wait a month or a few day longer than a month just to be sure.

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I wouldn't put shrimps in a tank that has only been running for two weeks. Without doing anything to enhance the cycling, typically, the cycling will take about 6 weeks. This is of course subjective as there are several things you can do to expedite the cycling process.

But I'm with the old school methodology, which has always worked for me. And as is known, shrimp are way more sensitive than most fish. Thus patience is the key.

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The only way to know is get a ammonia test kit which I would suggest anyways. I set up a tank Monday and put about 7 RCS in it tuesday(=
I did use a filter that was on another tank and the substrate I chose was eco-complete.
You could be perfectly safe or in super danger zone.. check your ph and ammonia levels then use that to make your decision.
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Ammonia can read 0 and the tank may still not be cycled - you have to be concerned with nitrites as well. Get a master test kit.
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Are your ottos on prepared food? If not, they are probably going to die. They NEED algae and your new tank won't have enough to support them. If they are eating prepared food, good. Not really sure why you'd add fish to an uncycled tank though.


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Oh, and black mollies are going to eat shrimplets for sure.


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Oh, and black mollies are going to eat shrimplets for sure.
Yeah, they like to nip at things on the bottom. They are after all sort of related to Carp aren't they?

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I'm pretty sure your local fish store petco/ petsmart/ mom n pap fish store will do a complete water test for free


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I'm pretty sure your local fish store petco/ petsmart/ mom n pap fish store will do a complete water test for free
Yes they should. But it's still better to have them on hand rather than having to go to the store to have your water tested every single time. Especially when I cycle a new tank, I'm testing almost everyday to see where my tank stands. I couldn't even imagine wasting all that gas to run to the store to have my water tested everyday


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