My Nitrates Are A Bit Off, So...

Discussion in 'Cherry Shrimp' started by TagTeam, Apr 11, 2018.

  1. TagTeamValued MemberMember

    I have an opportunity to get 8 RCS for $10 tomorrow, but my Nitrates are at 10ppm (Ammonia and Nitrites are at 0). Would you advise to wait until the Nitrates are at zero or should the RCS be okay?
  2. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    Nitrates are fine! You should have nitrates in a cycled tank - getting them to zero requires a lot of plants and a low bioload, or a denitrate filter (definitely not required).

    What else is in the tank?
  3. Jenoli42Well Known MemberMember

    Those numbers are great! as long as your nitrates dont climb above 40pmm (athough most of us keep them under 20ppm), you're all good! the best way to control nitrates is by doing weekly partial water changes, but live plants can also use them up and keep the levels low, too. :)
  4. TagTeamValued MemberMember

  5. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    The black skirts may harass the shrimp, and/or may cause them to hide a lot, just so you know.
  6. TagTeamValued MemberMember

    I was thinking of putting them in my 20g which has 2 Honey Gourami, but I'm afraid they eat them. Am I correct with that concern?
  7. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    They'll likely eat the small ones.

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