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Old 05-02-2011, 12:46 PM   #1
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Amphipods/copepods

Will these little guys survive a cycle? I am waiting on liverock to come in at my LFS for my pico, in the meantime i took a cured piece of LR and placed it in the tank. I want to also add a piece from my sump to introduce more copepods and amphipods but not if they will be killed during the cycle.

*edit* I know that obviously some will survive the cycle but will most die I guess is my question. Or are they not really affected by the cycle at all?

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Based on my experience, they are tough critters. Where are you in the cycle? They survived through the cycle and huge sg spikes in my previous tank not that I would recommend testing them. I believ that if you can control your cycle a bit, they will manage. Just realized you didn't mention if they are in your tank or in bottle waiting to be added?
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They are currently in my 40 gallon tank, the sump is crawling with them so i was just going to take a piece of rock from there. I'm not really anywhere in my cycle haha I just added the cured piece of liverock from an established tank and am waiting on more uncured liverock from the LFS (will be at least another week). I just figured I'd get my sand seeded with the piece I just put in, making my actual cycle quicker.
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I'd wait till about a week or 2 into the cycle but that's just personal experience. I am certain the experts on AA will have a more bang on target.
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I agree, give the tank a little time to stabilize. The pods are very tough, but a wide swing could kill them.
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I bet they'll survive. I have A lot of Copepods in my cycling tank, and they have survived ammonia from 4.0-8.0 ppm.
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Okay cool thanks for the replies guys! I think I'll wait, I hate killing anything, even copepods/amphipods haha
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