Tank Cycled But . . .

Jona

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My tank is fully cycled and ready for fish, my PH is at 8.0 my ammonia is at 0 ppm nitrite is at 0 ppm and nitrate is at 10 to 20 ppm. However I will be going away from tank for four days this weekend, and I was worried because I remember reading in a thread that the good bacteria in my tanks needs to keep being fed. But since I am going to be gone and I don't have any fish in there I am worried the good bacteria will die off. I also have Dr. Tim's Ammonia to put in the tank by one of my family members, should I do this or am I worrying about a nonexistent problem?
 

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Mmm you can try throwing in some ammonia to bring it up to 2-4ppm before you leave and dose when you come back and that could keep most of the bacteria alive!
 

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You could also throw some fish food in that will slowly create ammonia. Piece of raw shrimp may be better/faster
 

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I went away for 5 days during a fishless cycle. I threw 2 full sized raw shrimp into my 37 gallon tank and when I got back, all was good! I did add them a few days before hand so they could start decomposing. If you do this, ensure you have enough shrimp for the size of your tank.
 

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Also a good idea. Any raw shrimp you have you can throw in there for a cheap and safe ammonia source
 
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Okay, I don’t have any raw shrimp and unfortunately I already left my home. However, I have dr Tim’s ammonia, and my family is home so I can just call them to dose the ammonia. Would that be fine? Also how much drops should I put for a 40 gallon tank?
 

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