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Question Is this tank ready for CRS/CBS?

I do use Tetra Safe Start (TSS) way to cycle this 2 gallons tank with 1 fish. It's run for almost 2 weeks now. I test water parameters last night as results of:

Ammonia: 0 ( I tested 3 days ago, it was .25)
Nitrate: 20 (I tested 3 days ago, it was 160 and then I did a 25% water change, the new result is 20 after 3 days)
Nitrite: 0
Ph: 6.6
Temp: 70-72
Gh: 5
KH: 1

I do use New ADA Soil in this tank. I am about to put a shrimp in to test it, but just want to hear your thought on. Thanks.
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-10-2013, 05:49 PM
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2 weeks is a very short time for a shrimp tank cycle, especially with New Amazonia. Just my 2 cents.
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I would wait longer personally. You run the risk of the parameters spiking suddenly due to the tank still being new.

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Your nitrate is still too high. Personally I wouldn't put CRS or CBS in that tank till at least week 3 depending on water parameters. Not worth risking killing shrimp


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I forgot to mention, there are some existing stocks in there such as mosses/driftwoods from other running tank (about 5 years). How to low down Nitrate? I thought it's about WC ?
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You can use some floating plants to absorb a giant chunk of nitrates lol.


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Is this tank ready for CRS/CBS?

Put some ghost shrimp or regular cherries to test it out. If they survive 1-2 weeks then it's ready but even in newly cycled tanks, shrimp could still die. Happened to me with my 7.5 gallon cube awhile back when I put some TTs in.
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Regular cherries are tanks ._. I wouldn't really use them as a gauge on whether it is safe or not to put in CRS/CBS...

Only because I had a few regular cherries survive 100% WC of 12gH 9kH 7.9pH --> 0gH 0kH 5.3pH --> 5gH 0kH 5.3pH


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It took me two months of cycling before I put in crs in my tank. An only after I can maintain under 5 ppm of nitrates
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Is this tank ready for CRS/CBS?

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Regular cherries are tanks ._. I wouldn't really use them as a gauge on whether it is safe or not to put in CRS/CBS...

Only because I had a few regular cherries survive 100% WC of 12gH 9kH 7.9pH --> 0gH 0kH 5.3pH --> 5gH 0kH 5.3pH
I know that! I'm just saying to add them to gauge if the tank is ready or not for shrimp
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When my nitrates reach 20 ppm, it prompts for a water change.

I would suggest being cautious and heed the warnings of other regarding aquasoil. Because the tank is smaller, the risk of parameter swings is great so its better to be safe and consistent .


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I know that! I'm just saying to add them to gauge if the tank is ready or not for shrimp
lol then I'm just saying, adding one of the hardiest shrimp into a tank that is questionably uncycled is not one of the best indicators (gauge) for adding in a sensitive shrimp species.

Using my experience that cherries can tank out an uncycled tank and take on massive parameter changes as an example. If a cherry can handle a certain set of tank parameters doesn't mean a crystal can for this scenario.

But sure, you can use those inexpensive shrimp to make sure that your tank isn't a 100% shrimp killing machine that can kill even cherries.

Though the best approach is to probably wait it out longer.


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Hey guys remember this tank is go for softwater .. Cannot be in high gh/kh/ph
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