My (kinda) Fishless Cocktail Shrimp Cycle With a 3G
Hope this helps others who are wanting to fishless cycle using a cocktail shrimp....
Tank: 3G Marineland Eclipse Kit w/ stock filter & light, (1) 5 inch tall grass type plant (forgot exact name), medium sized gravel. Previously, it did have 2 danios in it for about 3 weeks.
Same filter used, did not wash filter or media.
Water: Emptied the previous water once danios were removed. Replaced with tap water treated w/ Nutrafin Tap Conditioner. Used a gravel vac to remove left over big food particles.
Temp: Temp about 78-80. The light really heats it up. My homes A/C runs at 74-75 almost constantly. Acrylic really insulates better than glass.
Sept 8 - Put in about 1/3 a cocktail shrimp in a cut off panty hose so it would not make as much a mess.
Sept 13 - Ammonia 0 (on API test & Seachem stick on indicator), Nitrites off the charts, didn't test Nitrates yet.
The water definitely smells more "natural" &"oceany" than when it had ammonia traces in it... And the shrimp doesn't stink at all, this tank is in my bedroom, so I would know if it ever did in this process. lol :shock:
More to come....:-)
Sounds like you're off to a great start. Keep us posted.
(wish I'd known about the shrimp trick before i went fishless in my 45 gallon).
Me too!! lol ... id be done by now...*sigh* Come on mother nature, let's kick it up a notch as Emerill Lagase would say!
My danios adopter fell through so now they are stuck in a cycling 10 gallon. Sorry lil guys!! :oops:
8/16 - Ammonia @ 0, Nitrites@ 0 too :-) Can I move some snails to it now?
I can't help with the snails. I don't have any myself altho. I've been thinking about getting some in the near future.
Hate to tell you this, you could have cycled with the snails in (Assuming they are 'pest' snails).
Make sure you have a reading for nitrates... If so, you can remove the shrimp, do a 20% wc, and put in a fish (whatever you want in the tank along with the snails.) (Snails have a negligable bioload)
What do you want to stock it with? It's too small for danios... Try spotted rasboras or ember tetras... RCS also work well, or a Betta, or a ADF.... the list goes on.
Red - Ok it started to stink finally so I took the shrimp out...I'm testing nitrates tonight (someone moved my test kit lol) & for stocking, a female betta + mystery snail + java plant if the nitrates show up. Hurray!
now can we have pics pls =)
:) Nitrate Result Image
3G is not much to look at right now....What color Betta should I get?!
Also attached the results of the Nitrate test, it looks like 10 to me...
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