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Old 03-31-2011, 04:27 PM   #1
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Fish to Cycle

Is it too early to add fish to assist in the cycling process? It is almost 2 weeks with 40lbs of live sand and 30lbs of live rock (90gal tank).

I am waiting for the easter sale on Live rock at my LFS. 45% off of regular price...Usually 4.99 per pound so it will be 2.25-2.50 per pound.
Looking for another 50lbs at that time.

Is it too early?

Fish planning to get were Clown Fish (less aggressive for reef than damsels) or tangs.
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Old 03-31-2011, 04:31 PM   #2
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Why don't you cycle with raw shrimp? It's cheap and there's no suffering fish.
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Old 03-31-2011, 04:38 PM   #3
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Please don't cycle with fish, especially clowns or tangs!

You are 2 weeks in, it won't be much longer now. Are you testing your water?
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+1 on trying the fishless cycle. Also I would recommend (if you can afford it) to buy a bit more rock 1.5-2 lbs per gallon is good if you can swing it. Rock is expensive though, so many understand if you can't get that much right off the bat!
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Old 03-31-2011, 06:50 PM   #5
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Fish planning to get were Clown Fish (less aggressive for reef than damsels) or tangs.

Just wanted to say clownfish are damsels and if left alone in a tank will take over the tank.

+1 to fishless cycle

Patience patience patience, say it with me. =)
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Old 04-01-2011, 01:39 PM   #6
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I remember back in the day of assisting the cycling of the tank with damsels.

But, I will wait and just get more live rock and live sand.

I just did a water test last night

Nitrite = 0ppm
Nitrate = 20ppm
PH 8.8
Salinity: 1.024
Ammonia = 0ppm
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Your pH is pretty high, but if your nitrites and nitrates are both reading 0 you've finished cycling.
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Would not having my protein skimmer installed cause this problem?

I was going to use my old red sea protein skimmer that I was sitting in my garage but I noticed I needed a new pump to run it.

So instead I just purchased a Aquamaxx 250 in sump protein skimmer.

will this help my tank as it sounds like it is almost ready?
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Old 04-01-2011, 02:26 PM   #9
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Skimmers won't help with the PH but will help in the system. I believe they also have a break in period so you would want to get it hooked up right away.

With those readings I also agree that your cycle is most likely complete! If you do add more live rock I would recommend doing that before getting fish because there can be some die off depending on how you get it delivered and that can cause another ammonia spike.
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Yep. Looks like you are almost there. The protein skimmer should be setup and running ASAP. I still think it is the main piece of hardware in good filtration. I also agree you don't have to sacrifice a fish to get the cycle going. A tiny bit of protein, like a very small piece of shrimp will do it. Get as much cultured live rock as you can that fits the tank. Light everything up and keep testing. Use good makeup water, what comes out of the tap is a huge step backwards.
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