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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-08-2020, 05:56 AM Thread Starter
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I'm currently cycling (have cycled) a 10 gallon shrimp only tank. I have seen from several shrimp web sites ecological bacterial powder. Is it worthwhile or is it snake oil? Any experiences or input would be appreciated. BTW I did a fish-less speed cycle using ammonia and used matured filter media,gravel and manzinita. 16 drops of 10% ammonia immediately gets the ammonia up to 4 PPM and in about 16 hrs it's back to 0 PPM. Thanks in advance.
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If the tank is cycling and has matured filter media then the bacteria from the media will be rapidly spreading out into the tank. So there is no need for adding more bacteria. You took care of that by using established media.

If your substrate is established as well that is also a big area for bacteria.

Any plants? They will also be covered.

I keep the foam filters from a Fluval internal filter in a tank sitting on a foam filter in case I need them to help rescue a tank in crisis. When I get a new foam filter I just put it running in an established tank for a couple of days then put it in the new tank all filled up with bacteria.

Don't waste your money. Also don't overstock too quickly, that is never a good idea any way. The difference is you will be able to build up faster than if you hadn't got the tank established as you did.
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There are a whole lot of additives advertised for shrimp that are just unnecessary. This is one of them.

I typically wait 6 weeks minimum, sometimes more, before adding shrimp to a newly cycled tank. This is one of the most important aspects of adding shrimp-- an environment that is full of biofilm and the necessary critters that bring balance to a shrimp tank. Unlike a fish-tank that just needs a completed cycle before adding fish, shrimp require time and patience.

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Thank you both for confirming what I suspected. I did add plants (vals and either hornwort or cabomba) which had some bladder snails on them. Also there is a little algae and everything has that "lived in look" which makes me think that biofilm is present. I ordered 25 "Blue Sapphire" shrimp that should arrive in a few days. I hope that that is not overstocking. I'm a little nervous about having spent so much money on some thing so small and I want to give them the best chance at survival.
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