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I am normally a very patient person but... waiting on this tank to cycle is making me a little antsy in the pants. I know the longer I wait the better off I will be I the long run. I will be so happy when the day comes that the tank is ready for shrimp.

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Dose that work with substrates they leech ammonia? I bought the new fluval stratum because I though it didn't leech ammonia, well it dose and it is leeching ammonia. I used additives to jump start the tank I was hoping for a 3 week cycle until I did my fist ammonia test and it went insta green on me. I want to get the ammonia down to 2 to 4 ppm and hopefully start getting conversion by my biological.

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I used old sea mud bt-9 and bio plus to start the tank, I figured it would have all the bacteria and food for the bacteria. Would rising the ph and temp help get my goodies eating the baddies? My ammonia readings are 6 to 8 the tank is about 2 1/2 weeks old.

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I was surfing the web one night and I came across aquascaping, it blew me away how far fish keeping had come in the 18 years I walked away from the hobby. The beauty of nature has always amazed me and I had fish tanks as a teenager and kept betta fish in to my mid 20's. Then one day it all stopped and I found new things to do, I'd say every once in a wile man I miss having a tank. The same night I found aquascaping I found out about dwarf shrimp and I fell in love after two years of reading making sure I was ready learning as much as I could. I have a tank in my house again and there are going to be shrimp in it soon. I learned all this stuff from you guys on tpt I thought it would be nice to share this, you put a lot of effort in to providing helpful information, providing quality shrimp to people who share your passions. I just want to show my apparition, the best way I know how is to share my experience with you keeping shrimp.

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All what we are trying to do in this hobby is imitating mother nature and share our success and failure with others.

I always try to experiment different methods of keeping shrimp, sometimes they work sometimes not, recently I started CRS michling tank with Floramax substrate (doesn't lower PH), added dry leaves and few crushed corals, I introduced 6 shrimp into the new tank in less than a week but I fed them very, very little in order to avoid ammonia spike, you can call it Silent cycling if you want, now I have 1 berried female. I can't tell this will work until I get shrimplets that can grow to breeding size, I will not recommend this to someone asking for help starting and keeping soft water shrimp tank.

All the 6 shrimp are active and their color looks intense, here is a picture of one of them:

 

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