Hey all, I've been lurking for quite some time now and after seeing so many healthy shrimp around here, I decided to set up my own 10 gal shrimp-only tank 'bout 2 weeks ago. I used about 8l of ADA Amazonia fine and reg 50/50 and planted a healthy amount of low tech plants. This is my first freshwater planted tank and first time keeping shrimp, I come from the reef side of the hobby. I finally picked up an API "master test kit" and tested to see where I stand in this fishless cycle.
I started with a 100% w/c after 24hrs, another 100% 24hrs later then a 50% w/c 24hrs after that and the tank has been cruising along undisturbed since then. I tried this method after reading Shrimp Farm's suggested method (since then I have seen/read ADA's recommended tactic of the month long w/c schedule). My current params for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate seem a bit excessive so I was looking for some advice. The tank is currently planted with no livestock and I'm not sure whether I should leave the tank until nitrites and ammonia are undetectable or do a massive w/c or a few smaller ones to bring down some of the levels, especially nitrate. I'm really in no hurry and I want the tank to be very well cycled and matured before I add any livestock, I'm just very confused how these numbers are so high!
My eyes see ammonia at 2-4ppm, nitrite at 2ppm, nitrate somewhere between 40 and 80... did my best for a clear shot.
I'd really appreciate any and all advice!