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Old 07-19-2010, 12:06 PM   #11 
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You want to keep adding something (fish food, shrimp, ammonia) each day so the ammonia readings stay at 3 ppmish. So, for example, say you find that adding 3 drops of ammonia gives you a reading of 3ppm. You keep adding 3 drops of ammonia/day knowing that it gets you 3ppm. Test it each day. When you see that your 3 drops of ammonia no longer registers on the ammonia test (you get a 0) and that the nitrItes no longer register (you get a 0 because the bacteria is breaking it down to nitrAtes immediately), you will have a nitrAte reading of 10ish or more, and that is when you know it is done. I have not used the shrimp method, so I am not sure how you would go about monitoring that (i.e. not addig daily drops), but I would say add another shrimp, but probably only half of what you used, so your Ammonia does not exceed 5ppm, and when that registers 0, and nitrItes are 0, and nitrAtes are 5ish +, you should be good.
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Old 07-19-2010, 12:13 PM   #12 
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ohhh! So when you DO feed it ammonia, but the bacteria immediately breaks it down so that when I test my water, it registers to 0? Right?
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Old 07-19-2010, 12:15 PM   #13 
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Exactly. Basically you are pretending to be a fish. So when it is cycled and you add fish, the fish waste will automatically be converted to nitrate.
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Old 07-19-2010, 12:28 PM   #14 
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okay thanks!(: I guess I'll have to ask someone who used the shrimp method what to do. I just added some fish pellets in though to keep the ammonia up
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Old 07-19-2010, 12:33 PM   #15 
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I would just go with the fish food route for the rest of the process then. No reason to do both. Just make sure you write down how many you add and how much ammonia you got. Then keep it at about 3ppm until it disappears! :)
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Old 07-19-2010, 12:50 PM   #16 
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do you know how much fish food I should add? Haha I kinda added alot(x
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Old 07-19-2010, 12:56 PM   #17 
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You might want to take some out. I'd start with a little (like 3 pellets) and keep testing it each day. Then just keep adding more to maintain it at 3ppm.
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Old 07-19-2010, 01:54 PM   #18 
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there were like 10 I think. Probably 4-5 left now
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Old 07-20-2010, 10:49 AM   #19 
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does anyone know how much fish food I put into the tank to keep a level 4ppm in a 5.5G tank? Any help is VERY useful.
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