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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-03-2019, 10:11 AM Thread Starter
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bio slime, how long does it take to form?

How long does it take for bio slime to form?
The tank has been cycled for almost a month. (one week short of a month)

In two weeks the plants will have been in the tank for a month.
I have been dosing the tank with ammonia to keep the cycle going, and fertilizer.

I can see tiny little tufts of algae on the driftwood here and there, that is new as of this week.

Moss is sort of growing, very slowly though.

I am not in a hurry, but looking forward to moving my Cherry reds into there home.

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You should be more or less ok with micro growth. Try rubbing the glass with your finger, you should be able to see or feel the slime if its there. Do you have any snails in there already?
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Yes, snails made it into the new tank, had to be from filter media from another tank, though I picked a bunch out must have missed some.
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Yes, snails made it into the new tank, had to be from filter media from another tank, though I picked a bunch out must have missed some.
Snails will actually promote the growth of bio film and are good for shrimp tanks, in my and many other people's experiences. They also break down food into smaller pieces for shrimplets and micro-crustaceans.
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Are you testing ammonia daily before adding ammonia?

What's the concentration (PPM) of ammonia you're dosing/bringing the tank to? It's important to test ammonia before adding more. Also important to bring the tank to a set concentration each time you add ammonia so you don't overdo it.

Three weeks is about half way where you need to be. Give it another 3-4 before considering shrimp.


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Are you testing ammonia daily before adding ammonia?

What's the concentration (PPM) of ammonia you're dosing/bringing the tank to? It's important to test ammonia before adding more. Also important to bring the tank to a set concentration each time you add ammonia so you don't overdo it.

Three weeks is about half way where you need to be. Give it another 3-4 before considering shrimp.
I am adding 1/2 to 3/4 ppm a day, depends how many drops come out of the pipet.
In about 12 hours the ammonia is gone, there is some nitrite that is gone 24 hours after the ammonia is added, and repeat.

The tank can eat up 1 ppm ammonia in a day no problem.

Waiting a few more weeks sounds good, there are tiny little tufts of algae forming on the driftwood, sort of looks good.

Probably going to add some more plants out of the main tank
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