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Old 01-02-2013, 03:06 PM   #1081
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Not necessarily true. All the tanks I've had always had zero nitrates even when I went a few months without water changes. My brother hasn't seen nitrates either. It's very possible but a reasonable fish load is important. Lots of live rock and plants play a big role.

But you're right. He's got to feed the bacteria.
Okay well I'll just go get a cheap damsel for my sump after work today.

So what happens if the damsel dies? Is my water just contaminated with an unknown element? Lol
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Old 01-02-2013, 04:28 PM   #1082
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Well my fuge is filled with live sand/bacteria and I put a few hermits in there, that's not enough? If not then I'll go out n get a damsel tonight
The nitrogen that we convert from ammonia to nitrites to nitrates comes from the food that we add to our tanks. Organisms don't produce the nitrogen. They just convert it to different forms through their metabolism.

What you are looking for are readings of zero when you are adding a reasonable amount of food (nitrogen source is largely to proteins in the food) is being added to fuel you fish, hermits, snails, corals, etc.

That is why we add a shrimp to decompose during a fishless cycle. As it decomposes, it provides a nitrogen source to grow bacteria colonies.
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Okay well I'll just go get a cheap damsel for my sump after work today.

So what happens if the damsel dies? Is my water just contaminated with an unknown element? Lol
No if he dies leave him in there. Food for the hermits and as he decomposes he will be a nitrogen source for your bacteria.

I don't think you will have issues with a damsel. They are tough little guys.
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Old 01-02-2013, 07:09 PM   #1084
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No if he dies leave him in there. Food for the hermits and as he decomposes he will be a nitrogen source for your bacteria.

I don't think you will have issues with a damsel. They are tough little guys.
Wouldn't leaving him in there cause an ammo spike tho? Itd be just like leaving a raw shrimp in there..
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Wouldn't leaving him in there cause an ammo spike tho? Itd be just like leaving a raw shrimp in there..
I think they are saying if he dies leave him so that way your bacteria are fed until you figure out why the fish are dying. If he dies and you are planning on getting another fish immediately than I'd take him out. Your bacteria ought to be able to handle a dead fish but it could cause a spike. It's just something to watch out for. However, I don't think he will die. I want a yellow tail damsel, so if you get one try and get a picture! (I know in the sump it might be hard though.)
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Old 01-03-2013, 11:17 AM   #1086
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I think they are saying if he dies leave him so that way your bacteria are fed until you figure out why the fish are dying. If he dies and you are planning on getting another fish immediately than I'd take him out. Your bacteria ought to be able to handle a dead fish but it could cause a spike. It's just something to watch out for. However, I don't think he will die. I want a yellow tail damsel, so if you get one try and get a picture! (I know in the sump it might be hard though.)
Didn't get a chance to make it to the LFS last night so im gonna go today. I'll snap a pic for ya if they have that specific one
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Is that live or dry rock?
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Old 01-03-2013, 02:52 PM   #1089
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Is that live or dry rock?
The stuff on the left is from BRS. That's dry rock, the rest was all once live rock but was kept outta water for a few months so its dead rock lol
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