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Old 09-17-2012, 10:50 PM   #1 
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How long to keep cycled tank without fish

After the time consuming process of cycling, I have finally finished cycling my 10 gallon! I'm rather pleased with myself at the moment. My tank is reading 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite, 5 nitrate (ppm). I am planning to go pick up some tetras to add to the tank on thursday (when the petsmart nearby restocks), I am wondering - can the bacteria survive until then? Or should I dose the tank with ammonia until then? I might add a few shrimp sometime tomorrow - should that be okay in keeping the cycle stable?
Thanks - from a total newbie.
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Old 09-17-2012, 11:03 PM   #2 
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It will be fine. It can go weeks on end without feeding.
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Old 09-17-2012, 11:21 PM   #3 
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It will be fine. It can go weeks on end without feeding.
Thats a pretty long time :)
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Old 09-17-2012, 11:25 PM   #4 
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Yes, people tend to underestimate the bacteria. They are pretty hardy little guys.
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Old 09-18-2012, 08:06 PM   #5 
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Groovy, Thanks!
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