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Fishless Cycling HELP!

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I came here on recommendation of a friend, and because it seems like a good forum. I want to find out whether, when using shrimp for fishless cycling, they need to be cooked. Thanks in advance!
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I don't think it really matters. Either way, it will produce ammonia as it rots. There are other ways to cycle a tank that most people currently use (bio-spira, silent cycle, using seeded filter material from another tank, etc.). Read around a bit and see which one suits your needs best

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if your friend has a fish tank get them to give you some of their filter media. Then its basically an instant cycle

What size tank and what kind of filter are you using? Are you using live plants (if you have enough you dont need to really cycle your tank)?
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If they're already cooked it'll help them decompose faster (ewww but that's the point )



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if your friend has a fish tank get them to give you some of their filter media. Then its basically an instant cycle

What size tank and what kind of filter are you using? Are you using live plants (if you have enough you dont need to really cycle your tank)?
I have no nearby friends with tanks, and the LFS refused to give me any media.

My tank is 55 gal, and I'm using a Fluval 305 canister. On the 20th, I will be getting live plants.

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I would personally only put live shrimp in my tank.

What kind of substrate are you using?

I would refer you to here. http://www.rexgrigg.com/cycle.htm
unless you are going to use ADA aquasoil which will produce ammonia without adding anything?
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I want to find out whether, when using shrimp for fishless cycling, they need to be cooked.
Huh? WTH are you talking about, cooked?

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Huh? WTH are you talking about, cooked?
My thoughts exactly.
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I would personally only put live shrimp in my tank.

What kind of substrate are you using?

I would refer you to here. http://www.rexgrigg.com/cycle.htm
unless you are going to use ADA aquasoil which will produce ammonia without adding anything?
So, for this sort of cycling, you have to get a bunch of plants, right? What if you're only going for a 30-50% planted look?
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Buy some floating plants or just get some hygro or other fast grower and let them float or wrap lead weight around them and leave them unplanted. You can pull them out later.




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You could just stuff it full of cheap, fast growing plants at the beginning and remove them/sell them after the filter has had a chance to build up a bacterial colony.

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hahaha nice ninja move, riverrat!

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ok, thanks guys.
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Tiffie- most of the people in here go for extremely heavily planted tanks and so don't know much about cycling since it tends to be unnecessary with that much plant matter. In the tank you're looking at, you will need to do a cycle.



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