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post #11 of 25 Old 03-15-2012, 11:53 AM
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You need to keep going until both ammonia and nitrites are zero for consecutive days. Nitrates will be showing, and at this point (zero ammonia and nitrite) do a major water change. I would add some fish then, right after the water change. The shrimp having been removed as previously suggested.

The water change should be just that--changing much of the water. No substrate cleaning or filter cleaning, as hard surfaces are where the bacteria live, and while you wouldn't likely dislodge them you might.

Monitor ammonia and nitrite after introducing the first fish.

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Already the ammonia is dropping! Thanks for your advice. I'll continue to monitor the ammonia and nitrite and then do a water change!

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Ugh yeah I did it once, I had 3 big raw shrimp in my 30 gallon for a few days, I was reading a lot of ammonia, so I took them out and put a few gold fish in there (with Prime and Stability), it all worked great, the tank was cycled in just a week!
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Ugh yeah I did it once, I had 3 big raw shrimp in my 30 gallon for a few days, I was reading a lot of ammonia, so I took them out and put a few gold fish in there (with Prime and Stability), it all worked great, the tank was cycled in just a week!
Good to know it's a successful method, even though it looks and smells disgusting! I was surprised at how quickly ammonia and nitrites showed up!
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Good to know it's a successful method, even though it looks and smells disgusting! I was surprised at how quickly ammonia and nitrites showed up!
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Yeah definitely. Only thing I didn't like was that I had a piece of driftwood in there, and having the shrimp in there gave it this nasty fungus all over it! I have a little video of it, you might want to check it out lol.

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Yeah definitely. Only thing I didn't like was that I had a piece of driftwood in there, and having the shrimp in there gave it this nasty fungus all over it! I have a little video of it, you might want to check it out lol.

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Wow! Yes, that is truly disgusting!! Good video! I haven't yet put the driftwood in yet but that same foul white fungus is floating around in my tank after I removed the shrimp that it was clinging to. lol
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Thumbs up A successful fishless Cycle!

Thank you to everyone on the site (as well as the advice and helpful tips on the site) who gave advice about how to do a fishless cycle with frozen shrimp! Today my two fish are happily swimming in the new cycled tank!!

It took 3 weeks to the day I began cycling for the levels to be perfect! The Ammonia and nitrite went from very high levels and then decreased to 0 and nitrate showed up! After a water change the nitrate is at a good level and the pH is perfect with no ammonia or nitrite at all! So far, my fish are happy little vegemites and I hope it stays that way but it's all looking good for now!!

It's a great feeling :)

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Yeah definitely. Only thing I didn't like was that I had a piece of driftwood in there, and having the shrimp in there gave it this nasty fungus all over it! I have a little video of it, you might want to check it out lol.

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Adamson -that's a fungus that is very common and can grow on Mopani wood. Many of us who've had that wood had the same problem. I and others will tell you it's harmless. When I kept snails (Mystery) they ate it right up, as I learned they would do. Byron has not had good experiences, and he pulled his wood. To be safe, I've done the same and would never buy the wood now. If your shrimp were on it, they were probably eating and enjoying it

You can pull it out and boil it, and try putting it in again. If you keep snails you won't have a problem. If you have fish in the tank, it would probably be best to not use it.

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Thank you to everyone on the site (as well as the advice and helpful tips on the site) who gave advice about how to do a fishless cycle with frozen shrimp! Today my two fish are happily swimming in the new cycled tank!!

It took 3 weeks to the day I began cycling for the levels to be perfect! The Ammonia and nitrite went from very high levels and then decreased to 0 and nitrate showed up! After a water change the nitrate is at a good level and the pH is perfect with no ammonia or nitrite at all! So far, my fish are happy little vegemites and I hope it stays that way but it's all looking good for now!!

It's a great feeling :)

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So glad it worked out for you!! Congrats! Do you have pictures of your tank we can see?

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