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Old 11-08-2005, 10:05 AM   #11
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i did bring some water to the lfs and the guy told me everything was good.
If you haven’t already bought a test kit I would really consider it soon as water parameters can go down hill quickly in a SW tank without you knowing it until it’s too late. SW fish in particular are less tolerant of changes than FW fish are. When first adding livestock it’s a good idea to have a 5 gal bucket of pre mixed SW on hand in case you need to do an emergency PWC. Getting your water tested at the lfs is good also to verify results or get results you don’t have tests for but not having a test kit at home could lead to deaths.

Snails in particular can catch new people starting off in this hobby off guard because of their slow nature and sitting around in the same spot for a day or two. 3 or 4 can die simultaneously and foul a tank quite quickly if you’re not careful.

The AP Master SW test kit usually runs around $30 at the lfs and tests for all the basic things you need to look for. Testing every couple of days in the beginning when adding fish is vital to make sure you don’t have any spikes, especially for NH3 & NO2. Once your tank is established after a couple of months weekly testing can be done.

Drsfostersmith has it online for $16.99 plus shipping.
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...fm?pcatid=4452
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Old 11-08-2005, 01:20 PM   #12
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I would reconsider adding fish after only 2-3 weeks. Even if your ammonia and NO2's read 0. IMO, you should wait at least 2 weeks AFTER 0 reading to introduce livestock.

My reading were 0 after 3 weeks last January. I lost several fish, one at a time, by introducing them in the 2 weeks following. After about 3 weeks of 0 readings (6 weeks total), I became successful and my fish have thrived well since. It would be very frustrating if you spent $50-$100 on stock and lost it .

Patience is critical in this hobby.
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I would reconsider adding fish after only 2-3 weeks. Even if your ammonia and NO2's read 0. IMO, you should wait at least 2 weeks AFTER 0 reading to introduce livestock.
Patience is critical in this hobby.
So true, you see so many people using bio-spira or other “quick” cycling solutions that can make you think you are good to go only to get hit with a fish killing spike a week later.

Don't forget to feed your tank while waiting also so it continues to produce the needed bacteria or it could slowly die off.
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