Originally Posted by Tryin2layadime
my fish are completely healthy. and i like my fish i bought them to start the hobby up this wasnt the lfs
idea. i knew about the trade in before hand when i had a fresh tank.
and live rock is something i need to buy but i dunno if i really want it in my tank. i see some tanks and it looks good then i see others and ya well it looks like doo-doo. im afraid mine will look like doo-doo.
Well then you should have known better than to cycle with live fish. Not only is it cruel, but a bit stupid seeing as people cant wait for the cycle to end. Doing PWC
to keep ammonia and nitrites down (for the poor fish) during the cycle is only going to remove food for the bacteria you are culturing. Also, those fish dont add any nitrifying bacteria so you must wait or find something that does have it.
Those fish likely will have more long term health issues from being exposed to ammonia for prolonged periods. Just because they are "fine" now doesnt mean they will be later. Studies show that exposure to ammonia damage the fish.
Purposefully adding fish to cycle a tank is illogical for the above reasons.