Posted by Erik Lucas on Mar 22nd 2016
Cycling a tank the Shrimp Nature way
I decided to write up this blog because the question i am asked most often is how I cycle my tanks. I cycle my tanks the Shrimp Nature way, There are only 3 products you need: Shrimp Nature Werwa, Bakteria, and Montmorillonite clay. Whether setting up a tank for Neos, Bees, or Tiger shrimp i start all my tanks this way. I add a thin layer of the Bakteria and Montmorillonite on the bottom glass, and maybe 3-4 pinches of Werwa spread out along the bottom. I then add half the substrate. I prefer a thin layer, no more than 1/2-3/4 inch total substrate depth when done. I then add the same 3 products in similar amounts as I did for the bottom layer. I add my remaining substrate to get me to about 3/4 inch total depth and sprinkle all 3 on top again. I then SLOWLY flood the tank. If available i like to add a seeded sponge. I then add a few leaves like indian almond, oak, beech, guava and bamboo to start them decomposing. When the shrimp are added they will have a buffet of biofilm and microorganisms to pick off the leaves. I also like to add some moss and cholla or driftwood at this time, this will give them time to get " seasoned" with shrimp goodies as well. I ALWAYS allow my tanks at least 3-4 weeks of running before adding shrimp. Even if the cycle is completed i like to give the extra time for the tank to grow a little algae and biofilm. The most common shrimp keeping mistake i come across is overzealous shrimp keepers that add their shrimp to their tanks too quickly. Make sure your tank is " seasoned" and well cycled before adding any shrimp, this will go a long way in maintaining a happy healthy colony.