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Benibachi Cycle?

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JohnH

I added Benibachi soil to one tank in my 4 tank rack system yesterday. I've isolated the tank so it isn't running through the sump and it just has a sponge filter running in it.

The water has cleared today so I gave the water a test and it is reading 0.5 ppm of ammonia. Should I leave the tank isolated and let it cycle by itself or should I let the tank run through the system and just do water changes on the whole system? My rack system is cycled and the 3 other tanks have shrimp in them, but not huge amount, so the bacteria colony in my sump would have to play catch up = mini cycle. Thoughts?

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BlueBolts

Perhaps do a WC to the isolated tank, and run it through the system. Check for ammonia after 4+ hours. Another 5-10% WC wouldnt hurt ....

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ninja

I have done the same thing, gunna do a water change on that tank only then run it through the system at a really slow pace. Just a bit more than a dribble.

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JohnH

Cool, I did a water change in the Benibachi tank and have set the flow at a dribble through the sump system to it.

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    • kms
      Shrimps will do well with just a sponge filter operated with a air pump, that's the very least you should have in the tank if you intend to keep the shrimps, if you don't intend to keep the shrimps, just feed them to your betta.
    • jayc
      I re-read the post, and I see the shrimp have been moved. As Simon, said, it's best to get the tank at least an air sponge filter.
    • sdlTBfanUK
      I think they have separated the shrimp into their own small tank but the betta is still in the big tank if I have read it rightly?  Simon
    • jayc
      Not a good sign. The fish already has a taste for shrimp. If the shrimp aren't too damaged now, wait till the betta gets hungry.   You need a filter, but more so for your betta. 
    • sdlTBfanUK
      Sorry to hear that putting your shrimps with the betta didn't go well. My first betta couldn't have shrimps either as he would go after them. My current betta is ok though, he gets very close and watches them but nothing else? It would be best to have a filter if you can get one small enough, and if it is adjustable have it on low flow because it is a small tank, the shrimps are fine in flowing slow water,! Are you planning to keep them in this tank long-term or is this tank temporary until you decide where to go next with them? It is possible that some may die from injuries/stress/shock etc, but hopefully they will be ok. Simon
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