Is My 3g Walstad Shrimp Ready?

Fahn

Member
Heavily planted with only an airstone, has been running for a month and a half. Today is the only water change I've done, I've only been topping off with tap (on a well so no need for conditioner). GH and KH values are high due to topping off.

Ammonia - 0ppm
Nitrites - 0ppm
Nitrates - >5ppm
pH - 7.5
KH - 9 (tap value closer to 6)
GH - 13 (tap value closer to 8)

Do you think it's safe to add shrimp?
 

BReefer97

Member
Fahn said:
Heavily planted with only an airstone, has been running for a month and a half. Today is the only water change I've done, I've only been topping off with tap (on a well so no need for conditioner). GH and KH values are high due to topping off.

Ammonia - 0ppm
Nitrites - 0ppm
Nitrates - >5ppm
pH - 7.5
KH - 9 (tap value closer to 6)
GH - 13 (tap value closer to 8)

Do you think it's safe to add shrimp?
I would honestly give it another month or so before adding anything to make sure the parameters stay where they’re at. Sometimes you may experience a “false cycle” where it’ll appear to be okay for a while, and then crash with no apparent change. Since the walstad method is so complicated, I would say stay on the safe side and monitor the parameters just a bit longer and if everything stays stable, shrimp it up!!
 
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Fahn

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BReefer97 said:
I would honestly give it another month or so before adding anything to make sure the parameters stay where they’re at. Sometimes you may experience a “false cycle” where it’ll appear to be okay for a while, and then crash with no apparent change. Since the walstad method is so complicated, I would say stay on the safe side and monitor the parameters just a bit longer and if everything stays stable, shrimp it up!!
Alright, I figured sometime mid May it will be ready. I just added a ton more plants to it as well, I wanna make sure it is as safe and well planted as possible.
 

Dakotablue

Member
Looking good so far!
 

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