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    Default Just started a fishless cycle, but going on vacation soon


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    So I started my fishless cycle using pure ammonia last wednesday.

    The thing is, I'm going out of town for a week about a month from now, and I don't want to get any fish before I leave (I don't really trust the girl who is feeding my cats to take care of a brand new tank).

    My question is, how do I keep the ammonia level up without asking her to add the ammonia each day? I assume the cycle will be done by the time I leave (it'll be about 5 weeks total at that point) I don't want to take the chance that she'll forget and not add it and have my bacteria die, wiping out weeks of waiting.

    What do you guys suggest? I've heard that maybe tossing in a raw shrimp and letting it decompse would work... but won't that make my tank all nasty?

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    Your tank has already been cycling for nearly a week, it should only take another two to three weeks to get it fully cycled. By the time you leave for vacation you should have fish in the tank and they will obviously keep the tank cycled while you are gone. I know you don't want to get fish before you leave but it might be best if you do.
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    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
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    It's one or the other. Have her drop in a capful of ammonia each time she comes over to feed the cat or add some fish. Since she will be feeding the cat, she can drop in a couple of flakes for the fish each day?

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    Or put a piece of raw shrimp before you go out of town. That is, if your tank is not cycled yet.

    I would advise getting the temp higher and putting an airstone to help with the cycling.
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    @lady Hobbs
    It's not that she's incapable, its just that I always watch new tanks like a hawk, test the water at least once a day for the first couple weeks, etc. Also to watch the fish and make sure they're okay.. She has no fish keeping experience so she wouldn't know what to watch for.

    Maybe I will just ask her to dose ammonia every or every second day.

    Still curious if anyone else has an opinion/experience using shrimp to feed the bacteria while away :)

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    Since you just started cycling the tank and have to leave before you are comfortable leaving it in the care of someone else maybe it would be better to stop cycling it and wait until you get back from vacation.
    I've never used shrimp to cycle a tank, but others here have,and it works, but I would be concerned with it messing up the water more than it cycles the tank while I was gone and coming home to a smelly mess.
    When I go fishing I just throw sharp rocks in the water and wait for the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
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    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
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    I'd add fish...

    Its far easier for her to understand that fish need food than it is for her to understand that bacteria need ammonia. But now the problem is, do you buy fish that you might not want later, or do you risk the fish you currently have. Idunno :/.

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    If you add fish, they may have ick and then you'd return home to another mess. Shrimp needs time to rot before it will start producing ammonia and it can make the tank messy. If she adds ammonia, it may be too much or too little.

    Of those options, I would add a school of hardy tetra's. IF they have Ick, you will still have time to treat the tank before you leave. Just dumping ammonia in the tank for a full month after it's cycled seems a bit over-the-top and she may over or under dose the tank.

    Any dummy can drop a few flakes in the tank each day. Just make sure she only feeds them a small amount. Every other day would be plenty for now.

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    These are all great replies, thank you all so much.

    I have a lot to think about now! I think maybe I will wait until the cycle is done and then decide what to do. I may possibly end up adding fish after all. Thak s again everyone :)

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    If you decide to add fish before you leave on vacation, (which is what I would do), you can buy one of those weekly pill dispensers and fill each day with fish food. This is a lot easier than asking her to test your tank water everyday and dose enough ammonia to keep the cycle going and will ensure she does not over feed the fish.
    When I go fishing I just throw sharp rocks in the water and wait for the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
    Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes that reason is you are stupid and make bad decisions.

    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
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