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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-07-2018, 03:27 PM Thread Starter
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Question Cycling a New Tank

So now that I cycled one tank, and it's ready for shrimp. I was wondering if there was a better fish to do it with (I used rams)... What fish do you guys use to cycle your shrimp tanks? I currently can't buy any of the products used to do so sadly. It's a 10 gallon tank with driftwood and eventually plants.
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I thought rams were very sensitive (and more expensive, at least around here) and probably not good for cycling purposes.

Zebra danios, rasboras and the hardier tetras are good cycling fish.
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I got the rams for free from a friend. How many tetras would you use to cycle?
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I used a fish to cycle my first tank, it was a zebra danio. He lived through it, but I felt bad because I checked the water every couple of days and there with ammonia spikes he had to live through. But if you insist on a fish in cycle danios are very hardy and cheap.
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Use pure ammonia rather than damaging you fish. Google fishless cycle and you'll get all the info you need.
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I would do fishless cycle , is simple and cheap and not inferior to other methods, You don't risk loosing fish or other animals, the best If You could ask someone who's having a fishtank and can give you some old media from established tank like an old sponge filter, piece of rock, gravel, whatever. You don't need anything fancy really. most people recommend using pure ammonia to start, but any cheap fish food flakes, would do the same thing when they go bad. You will do water changes later on anyway, so a little mess in a tank at the beginning is even better than crystal clear water. the more polutted water become the more bacteria grow, once You established a enough colony of nitrifing bacteria, You're done. it will take time and patience, the best is a couple weeks, but cycling tank is a very simple process and You don't need a lot of products, the only product i think is important is a water conditioner, like Prime etc.., because untreated water contains chlorine which will kill most bacteria.
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I've been using pure RO water with Salty Shrimp remineralizer. I'm probably going to go with the fishless cycle unless somebody gives overwhelming evidence that using livestock is a better option. I started a thread for the tank. Here's the link https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/12...rimp-tank.html . However, I don't know of anyone within driving distance near me with a seeded shrimp tank. And I don't have the money to buy any or really even pay for shipping lol. High school doesn't pay well.
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If I understand you correctly, you're saying you already have a cycled tank and you want to know the best way to cycle a new tank?

The simplest way is to use some filter media from the existing tank to cycle the new one once that's setup.
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If I understand you correctly, you're saying you already have a cycled tank and you want to know the best way to cycle a new tank?

The simplest way is to use some filter media from the existing tank to cycle the new one once that's setup.
That is correct. I did place a pvc cave with a good sized clump of subwassertang into the new tank. I just don't know if that's enough of a seed...
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I don't know if that's enough. What kind of filter are you planning on using in the new tank? If it's an HOB, place some of the media in the old tank filter and then use it on the new one when it's ready.
If it's a sponge filter, do the same thing. Run it in the old tank for a couple of weeks. Then place it in the new one.
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I will be running a sponge filter. I just placed a new sponge filter in the cycled tank as well. I can switch one of the sponges out into the new tank after a few weeks.
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I will be running a sponge filter. I just placed a new sponge filter in the cycled tank as well. I can switch one of the sponges out into the new tank after a few weeks.
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