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Old 04-21-2006, 06:46 PM   #11
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1 critter per gallon is not unreasonable for a cleanup crew.

There will be some attrition as hermit crabs will fight each other and the snails.

Yes buy the extra shells, this will reduce the hermit crab agression if they can easily find an empty shell the right size.
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Old 04-21-2006, 06:56 PM   #12
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Cool, I'll post my pic of the pincushion carrying around my hydrometer, this weekend! Thanks for the advice!
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Old 04-24-2006, 10:54 AM   #13
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test results

My test results.

PH is 8.0
ammonia is still around 0
nitrite is around 0
I thought after 3 weeks now I would start seeing some spikes.
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I have a question about ive rock. I have a 75-gallon tank with about 45lbs L/R in it. Right now my tank is cycling. Is this enough? Should I add more and when? thanks
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Well-cured live rock can buffer the effect of the cycle, you might not see a spike, but it is still advisable to wait several weeks before adding fish. How often have you been testing? Is it possible the spike passed between tests?

If you want to build a reef tank, 1-2 lbs of live rock per gallon is not unreasonable. Most people aim for a large rock wall in the middle of the tank, stretching nearly up to the water line. For fish only, 45 lbs is fine, it's up to your own tates as far as what looks good.

If you're going to add more rock, sooner is better than later. If the rock is not well cured, it will cause an ammonia spike, so why cycle the tank twice? If you add the rock after your fish, and are worried about another ammonia spike, you can either pre-cure it in a diffrent container, or add just a single rock at a time to lessen the size of the ammonia spike.
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So, what is a good LR to galloon ratio for FOWLR? I currently have 43LBs for my 55, but was thinking of adding about 30-40 more Lbs...
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If your FOWLR has a canister, wet-dry or other conventional biological filter, the live rock is mostly decorative, and provides hiding spaces for the fish. If you are using live rock for your biological filtration, you want to tend more towards the reef end of the scale.
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Ahh, cool, I have a canister, but love LR, here are my critters:
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304 Fluvial Canister
2 Yellow Tail Damsels
2 3 Stripped Damsels
1 Blue Devil Damsel
1 Yellow stripped Maroon Clown Fish
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1 Royal Gramma
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I will wait a few more weeks and then add my cleaning crew. After that what
fish would you suggest?
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I will wait a few more weeks and then add my cleaning crew. After that what
fish would you suggest?
That is a very open ended question. Do you want to stick with the damsels? They can be mean to more passive fish, so you might want to either get more types of damsels, or see if you can catch them and return them to the LFS before getting other fish.

I suggest you peruse an online catelog (such as www.liveaquaria.com) for fish that appeal to you. When you have a wish list, we can talk about what combinations might work well in your aquarium.
Think about:
The care level of the fish.
How big will he get at his full size?
Do I want very few large fish, or more small fish?
Agressive or community?
Colorful, or interesing behaviors?
Compatibility of selected fish.
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