Bio load question

  1. Archie1208

    Archie1208 Valued Member Member

    Starting a new 10 gal neo tank. This is my first time with a shrimp specific tank.
    Have had filter running in community tank for about a month as well as gravel substrate in mesh bag

    Want to set up tank - how many zebra danios do you think would sustain my bb until 15 shrimp arrived? 3? 4?

    Thank you


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  2. Coradee

    Coradee Moderator Moderator Member

    I'd leave the filter you're going to use in the main tank until the shrimp arrive rather than getting any danios as they need a lot more space than a 10 gallon has.
    You could put the gravel & any plants into the 10 gallon & run an airstone until you get the shrimp then just put the filter in
     
  3. OP
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    Archie1208

    Archie1208 Valued Member Member

    They need ammonia source though. Just trying to keep bb up til shrimp arrive


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  4. M

    Mamajin Fishlore VIP Member


    Unfortunately, that's pointless. Nitrifying Bacteria live, reproduce, and thrive inside the porous bio-media from the filter.... not on gravel substrate. This is specifically why bio-media is porous and made from either pumice, lava rock, or specialized sponge.