6 weeks of patience
It's cruel to use a freshwater fish, or any fish for that matter, to cycle a tank, the cycle will happen all on it's own, just be patient.
On a new set up, you don't need the skimmer, but if you get it run in while you are waiting for the cycle to finish, it will be ready to work properly, it will also give you time to get used to how it works.
How much frozen shrimp then? And will the ammonia stabalize? Or must I add supplements to bring it under control?
216 litre custom 3ft tank...and 3ft with 4 compartments sump tank.
so do i add the shrimp before or after the live rock?
Yes, but I disagree with using them or any fish to cycle a tank.
Its round bout 55 - 60 US gallons all in all.I'm sorry Wetty, some of us are stupid here in the States and use gallons as opposed to liters. I'm guessing your tank is about 50 gal.. If that's about right then use about 3 nice size shrimps. It doesn't too much matter what goes in first. You want the shrimp to decay then the bacteria in the liverock will attack the decaying matter and start to do their thing. I wouldn't turh on the skimmer quite yet. Just turn on your power heads for flow and sit back and wait. The ammonia will spike relatively quickly.
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