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Cycling shrimp tank

Hey guys! Just getting back in the hobby, and I finally have all the essentials to get the tank set up!

This is a 20 gallon (Long) tank with black gravel and a simple single tube fluorescent light and 2 AquaClear 20 filters, if any of that matters.

Since I don't have any already-cycled tanks, how do I cycle this one? I have some weird ammonia mixture I got a while ago, but it didn't really work. Can I put in some plants and they will start the process? If not, how should I do it?

I want to get the tank set up ASAP, so quick replies are greatly appreciated!

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For a shrimp tank you may want to take your time. Mostly because the shrimp will graze on the biofilm that will take a while to build up.


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I know, but the question was how do I cycle the tank?

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Plants will help the process along greatly.

What kind of ammonia do you have? You want pure ammonia, with no added detergents or fragrances. This can often be found at the hardware store.

You can look up "fishless cycle" for more information, but in essence, you would add a bit of ammonia on a daily basis, and just watch for the ammonia spike, the subsequent nitrite spike, and finally the rise in nitrates.

When fully cycled, the ammonia that is added on a daily basis should register as zero the following day.

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Just to add with the agreed above post

I use either fish food or a piece of raw shrimp. That's just what's convenient for most people. Since not everyone is going to have pure ammonia laying around. Though it's quite cheap.
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