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Ok, I have fallen in love with RCS now and am going to have to have a tank devoted to them. And I would like to make sure I get it set up properly for them before I get them. Someone tell me if this wont work.

I have had the "Biomax bag" part of the filter on a aquaclear 30 in the back of a whisper 60 on my well established 75 gallon tank for about a month in anticipation of something like this.

I plan on using that aquaclear 30 with that biomax bag on a 10 gallon tank along with a couple of handfuls of gravel and maybe some mulm/detrius, and a piece of driftwood from the 75 gallon. Then getting a big bunch of java moss(should have extra bacteria) and about 10-20 RCS.

I have used this method before on hospital tanks and it seemed to work fine, but I just wanted to make doubly sure. I have read that RCS are sensitive to nitrate poisoning.

Should that be enough bacteria to start the tank without doing fishless cycling or something?

I would of course make sure the water temp is right and de-chlorinated good.

My tap water:
ph: 7.2
kh: 4
Nitrates are zero
 

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Should be ok but personally I'd give the tank at least a week to come together and I've found that your long term survival rate increases greatly if you really take your time with the acclimation. I recommend acclimating them over the course of at least an hour.
 

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I usually acclimate anything about 30 minutes, so I'll go ahead and spend about an hour with the RCS.

If I waited the week to put the shrimp in wouldn't the bacteria on the gravel, filter, wood, etc die off from not having the nitrates?

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I usually acclimate anything about 30 minutes, so I'll go ahead and spend about an hour with the RCS.

If I waited the week to put the shrimp in wouldn't the bacteria on the gravel, filter, wood, etc die off from not having the nitrates?

Thanks!
Not sure but definitely not if you feed them......just add a bit more mulm once or twice during the week.
 

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if you have a air pump or something that could oxygenate your tank's water you could turn the temp. up to 80F to speed up the cycling process. i'd reccomend you to test your water and make sure your ammonia and nitrite is 0. kH doesnt really matter and make sure water temp is stable. RCS will be fine if parameters are stable. when you change water in your main tank you could put the water taken out of the main tank into your newly setup tank.
 
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