Originally Posted by MiyuMikaelson
I've been using crushed fish flakes; that was recommended by a few people. I've never heard of Stress Zyme honestly I need to look into it. I use water conditioner and plant food as the only "chemicals" that I put into the tank. Healthy range meaning that the test kit I use always tells me everything's low and in the "Ideal" catagory. Although the Total Hardness was very slightly raised yesterday. (It was still near Ideal though.)
To be honest, I'm very embarrassed. I've never honestly cycled a tank or owned a fish before. So I'm trying my darndest to do it properly.
Don't be embarrassed, I asked a lot of questions myself here and learn a lot from others.
I am cycling my tank with 4 amano and a golden apple snail in a planted filtered 5g tank. I just added Stress Zyme last week to see if things would move along faster. but when I had my Fred in there (he died from bacterial infection, I think, in the QT tank) he was fine. The amano lasted longer than my betta.
I keep track of my test results using a liquid test kit by API which costs about $18 everyday in a log which also keeps track of when, what, and how much/many items I added into the tank. This tells me how I am doing and show some correlation to the changes as a result of any addition to the the tank. The process itself is fun for me.
After adding Stress Zyme on Sunday, for the first time I noticed 0 Ammonia & Nitrite and 20 Nitrate last night, day 26 of my cycle.
I think if you acclimate the shrimp in a separate tank or container with the tank's water adn see how they are doing before sending them into the main tank, you will be ok.