I'm brand new to this - so sorry if I get anything wrong....
I've just purchased a fluval edge 23l tank with the sole intention of keeping fw shrimp (cherry red, initially).
I'm setting up tonight and will start to cycle, bob in a couple of small plants, a mossball and some wood (pre-soaked). I will also add the 'cycle' product - friendly bacteria that come with the tank set up.
My question is how long before I can add the shrimp - will this weekend be too soon? I think I know the answer, but am just impatient... o_O
I couldn't see anyone posting about fw shrimp, so any other advice or general tips would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks, and I look forward to hearing your responses!
A lot of us do keep shrimp, mostly with fish but also on their own. Your shrimp set up idea sounds pretty good The 'Cycle' stuff unfortunately does not do anything, I have tried it in the past and the length of the cycle was shortened by a few days at best (although this could just be a coincidence). A cycle can take up to 6 weeks but it's definitely worth doing as shrimp can be very sensitive to poor water quality. It's also a good idea to test the nitrAte in your tap water because it can be quite high in some areas.
I dig the impatience thing None of us like having to wait 6 weeks! It's just one of those things unfortunately.
I will start my cycling from now then and just watch other people's shrimp on youtube for the time being!
I got all excited and was hoping there was a simple quick method (can't anyone sell bottled cycled water w/ bacteria?! - dragon's den anyone?) but alas I will stick it out and go for the long haul.
Must say I'm glad I've found this - the article in my sig will help loads!!
One other quick question with regards to this - if I'm adding food / ammonia as part of the cycle, get readings to zero, then stop adding and put in the shrimp (I'm thinking 10 or so), if the shrimp don't produce as much ammonia naturally as I was adding during the cycling period will the tank still be balance? Hope that makes sense? Can too much bacteria be a bad thing, or will it settle naturally?
If you end up with too much bacteria then some will just die off and you will be left with enough to process the ammonia waste from your shrimp.
There is a product called bactinettes that I've tried that does speed things up but it's hard to get because it has to be refrigerated. If your LFS has a fridge for fresh food then they might have it. I would use it as an aid to the cycle though rather than as a miracle product that instantly cycles a tank.