05-08-2012, 09:51 AM
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Originally Posted by jennesque
New question I just thought to ask:
When I do get the tank, should I put in the substrate and some (treated) water and start sprinkling in a bit of fish food like I am starting as fishless cycle.. and then once another 2-4 weeks pass (depending on when I get the tank, but I'm saying once the filter has been in the established tank for four weeks) will this help with the tank adjusting? With the seeded sponge filter, plants, and driftwood, would I be able to add some shrimp to the tank?
I know shrimp have a low bioload but need healthy water too.. I already have ghost shrimp from my 29 gallon I'm willing to test the water on.. if I get shrimp it'd be red cherries since this would be my first go at a shrimp tank.
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If you add some plants, especially fast growing ones like floating or stem, you won't need to "cycle." Once the plants are in, you can add the shrimp or puffer.