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Old 11-13-2009, 09:00 PM   #21
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OK thanks,so I should buy the fish in that order and the jawfish and possum wrasse should cycle the tank?And can you get live rock but not use coral or that kind of stuff on the LR?

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Old 11-13-2009, 09:04 PM   #22
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I would add in the order I gave, but I would not cycle your tank using fish. If you do not have live rock yet you can purchase uncured live rock or use a raw cocktail/gulf shrimp and allow it to sit in the tank overnight. You do not want to add any fish until your cycle is complete. You can have coral if you have enough water flow and lighting, but not until you have cycled first and foremost.
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Old 11-13-2009, 09:44 PM   #23
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thanks so I should use live rock to cycle the tank.I then add fish over ? weeks?
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Old 11-13-2009, 09:50 PM   #24
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Have you already set up this tank or just in the planning stages? Just curious Uncured live rock will cycle your tank if you haven't already set the tank up/purchased live rock; otherwise, a raw cocktail/gulf shrimp is a cheap alternative to start the cycle. Usually a cycle lasts no more than 2-3 wks. Once the cycle has completed you can begin to add fish slowly, perhaps 1 or a pair (such as clownfish) every 3 wks.
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Ok, just in the planning stages right now.And I read that it could take up to 8 wks!Also the book said to use some sort of grouper to cycle a tank!So that means that I could add the jawfish and the possum wrasse at the same time then 3 wks later 2 clowns etc
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Why do I get the feeling your book is grossly outdated? Using animals to cycle a tank is cruel because as the ammonia begins to gain strength it burns the gills and other sensitive organs within the animal. Don't use fish to cycle a tank. If it takes 8wks to cycle a tank you did it wrong. It shouldn't take more than 2-3wks.
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Ok the book is copyrighted 2009 and it is called "ask the fish keeper" by Marc Marrone, all with that idea!Also what is the minimum age you can keep a SW fish tank? 17 yrs+ or something just wondering.

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Minimum age?...I'll assume you mean how long can an aquarium be kept without crashing? Probably over 17yrs if you take good care of it....dunno on actual figures.
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No actually I mean what is the min. age of a person!But thanks for the heads up on how long it can be going for!
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there really is no minimum age for aquariums in general... several of the people on here are young, one is 12, one is 15 and super smart... it really just depends on the maturity level of the individual... sw requires more attention, so of course it has to be somebody dedicated to their tank and fish... just because somebody is 30 doesnt mean they can successfully keep up a fish tank
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