Vorteil wrote:Let me throw this out there. Is it really necessary to cycle a tank? If you have no filtration and considering how hardy the opae are? The last 3 tanks I set up I never cycled. I never felt I needed to but that's my preference.
Nope not at all but I offer advise on all ways to setup a tank, some folk want to have a fully cycled tank before introducing shrimp.. some want to add shrimp strait away and check for water quality and correct as they go along and some like to wait for algae to appear as an indicator it’s ok to then add shrimp as by then what little waste is produced doesn’t foul the water and cycles the tank slowly as they go along.
Tank size and stock amount is a huge factor when setting up your tank too.
There is no right or wrong way so long as you have healthy water so the shrimp don’t suffer. It’s all to easy to just say wait a week or two then add shrimp so it appeals to keepers to buy my shrimp and no care is needed and all is easy and takes care of its self like some sellers but I prefer to be honest :)
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