09-12-2011, 12:45 PM
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Fishless raw shrimp cycle - uh the smell...
I started cycling my 75G on Sept 9. The smell coming from the tank is almost unbearable... My tests are showing my ammonia has jumped/spiking but nitrates, nitrites haven't taken off yet.
I read some things telling me to take the shrimp out as soon as it starts to smell. Others say only take it out after the cycle is complete. What is the 'correct' answer?
Can I take it out, watch the ammonia drop and then put some back in to feed the bacteria? Looking for next steps.