07-16-2008, 02:09 AM
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Cycling w/ shrimp?
I am setting up my first aquarium in >10 years and I am really happy that I am finally going back to my favorite hobby. The aquarium is a 15 gallon shallow tank with a Marineland Eclipse 2 filter and lighting system. Currently it is waiting for plants, which will arrive on Friday.
I will keep one or two killiefish varieties (male + female or male + female + female, depending on their needs) plus some cherry shrimps, and a group of tiny catfish. I will not be using any rocks, but rather build a structure with several pieces of wood to give the shrimp multiple levels to wander around and so leave more bottom-level room for the catfish.
So, sorry about the lengthy intro, I wanted to cover all bases. Here's the question: Is it possible to cycle the tank with cherry shrimp or another variety of similar size? There is no way I can use danios in a peaceful killiefish aquarium, and both the killiefish and the catfish seem to be too sensitive when it comes to the water quality.
Thanks for your input, I appreciate it!