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Old 09-10-2013, 10:57 PM   #1
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Adding extra live rock

Hey guys, quick question!

I've just finished my first fish less cycle (parameters are all 0) but I would like to add more live rock to my tank as I don't think I currently have enough, if I put new live rock into my tank will it start the whole cycle over again meaning I won't be able to stock with fish for another month/ 2 months or would fish be okay with it?
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Old 09-11-2013, 03:56 AM   #2
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The tank is already cycled so you won't have to go through a new cycling period. However any time you add new live rock to the tank it will experience some die off causing an ammonia spike. I would add new rock then give it a week before testing water parameters. If everything is good then it's safe to add fish.

Another method is to add fish now, then let the live rock soak in a bucket of water until it is done curing. After it stops producing more ammonia it should be safe to put in your tank.
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What if the rock was already cured ie. coming from another established tank?
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Old 09-11-2013, 06:37 AM   #4
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You should be fine as long as you don't add masses at once
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Old 09-11-2013, 06:43 AM   #5
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Okay thanks guys for your advice!

Can't wait to add fish to the tank, I'm thinking 2 ocelaris clowns, a four striped wrasse and I'd like to add one more fish, not really too sure yet, I would love a tang but my tank is way too small (20gal). Do you guys have any suggestions to go with what I want?

Keeping in mind I eventually want to house corals too.
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I would say the 2 clowns would be your limit on fish but could get inverts too in a 20
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Old 09-11-2013, 09:47 AM   #7
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What if the rock was already cured ie. coming from another established tank?
This will be fine as long as the rock stays in water.
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You could safely keep 3 fish in a 20g. 4 is a possibility if they are small and you are very diligent about water parameters.

Skip the Wrasse though. Your tank is too small for a fish like that.
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Bummer!

The wrasse is the one I wanted the most
what are my options for a third fish to keep with a pair of clowns mebbid?
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If I may suggest a purple firefish or rainsfords goby, both colourful out front swimmers and the goby eats algae, bonus!
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