Cycling our tanks have always been the most important aspect of shrimp keeping. A good stabilised tank would give your shrimps a healthy and clean environment.
Imagine our tank water as the air we breathe. Fresh healthy air would definitely be beneficial for us humans just like healthy tank waters would be beneficial for our shrimps.
So today, we are going to share how we cycle our tanks using SL-Aqua Aqualex products.
We lay a thin layer of Aqualex Enzyme powder on the base of the tank. This is to ensure that there will be bacteria growing underneath our soil. Enzyme powder is powder form bacteria and can be use as supplement for your shrimps during tank maintenance as well.
Step 2: Lay your soil on top of the powder and add another layer of Aqualex Enzyme powder on the soil. This is to speed up the cycling process above the soil level.
Step 3: For cycling, I would usually use dechlorinated tap water. I would prepare the water in a pail and leave it overnight with an air stone in the pail. I would also add in some Aqualex water stabiliser to remove chlorine from the water.
Step 4: The next day, I would fill up the tank with a little water first, then add in Aqualex Nitrifying bacteria to start the entire cycling process. I would use about 250ml for a 1.5 feet cube tank. I usually add more than the recommended dosage just to be safe.
Step 5: Fill the tank up with water and connect all your filters. Throw in a bag of Aqualex Vitality and you are good to good. During this time, you may notice that your tank would turn cloudy, white mold would start growing all over your tank. This is perfectly normal and it is a good sign that the cycling process has started.
Step 6: After about 2 weeks of cycling, turn on your lights for about 8-12 hours a day to speed up the process of algae growing in your tank. Algae serves as good food for your shrimps and also will bring down NO3 quickly in your tank.
Once your tank is green like hulk, it is a good sign to start increasing the gH and TDS to your desired level with Aqualex gH conditioner. Do a quick parameter test on your tank, if all is good, you may test your tank with a berried shrimps. Berried shrimps are usually more sensitive, if the berried shrimp survived in your tanks for a couple of days without dropping her eggs, your tank would be ready to go!
It’s pretty simple and it has proven to work for all my tanks. Shrimps will eat up all the algae in the tanks, however if you find that it is very unsightly, you can tidy up the tank a little before putting in your shrimps.
The cycling process is the most important part of shrimp keeping, don’t be hasty and impatient and mess it up, you would have many unexplainable death in the future. So do it once and do it right!