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Old 05-23-2011, 10:34 AM   #11
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Just read that you have corals in the system as well, you have really gotten off to a bad start, however it isn't unsalvagable. Frequent water changes will keep the levels down, what kind of lighting and filtration do you have?
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i have to agree that fish in cycling isnt the most efficient way to go but it can be done. Just alot more water changers and more testing.

Did you say you have an anemome in there? What kinda lights are you running? if that nem dies you'll have a HECK of a problem.
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Old 05-23-2011, 11:53 AM   #13
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Yeah the LFS pulled a fast one on you. I wouldn't recommend them for future purposes. Anemones are extremely hard even for advanced aquarists with mature tanks to keep. The damsels should be fine but they will get very aggressive. You could leave the clowns they aren't that aggressive. A good LFS wouldn't have let you cycle with fish...
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I have my sump set up and I also have a fluval 405 running with carbon and biomax.
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I am running a t-5 lighting.
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Old 05-23-2011, 04:49 PM   #16
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Some of the coral that I have came with my live rock. The fish so far seem fine I have had the damsels in for 2 weeks now and the clowns for 4 days and they seem to be doing fine and they also get along just fine. I have reduced my feeding cause I have a nitrite level of .2.
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I noticed that my water had dust like stuff flowing around the tank and I did a water change and it's still there almost like if sand were circulating. Can anyone help me figure out what it might be.
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Cycle your salt tank

This is what I would suggest. A whole lot more humane.
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What do u mean by "a lot more humane"?
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Cycling with fish is not humane. You are essentially poisoning them with ammonia until the bacteria catches up to the bio load. Clowns and damsels are tougher than most fish and "survive", but it is painful and does frequently kill them.
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