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Old 07-21-2006, 08:20 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by lando
I am not sure if your tank has cycled yet. How long has the tank been running? This is the time when most eager hobbiests make a big mistake...adding fish too fast. Remember, even after your tank cycles, livestock needs to be added very slowly (one fish per month) so the tank's biological filrataion has time to catch up with the new bioload.
Lando makes EXCELLENT points here!

We are all hesitant to advise you to add other animals. Not only does it sound like your tank HAS NOT cycled yet Lando makes another profound statement. You should consider waiting to add fish that you want and when you are in a position to choose other fish try adding them slowly. Yor tank is a closed system that relies on the lovely rules of mother nature. As we all know mother nature chooses how she wants things to run. You are dependent on the bacteria cycle(s) in your tank in order to provide a proper environment for other more sensitive fish. Just wait, in the least, a few more weeks! I know its hard but the pay-offs are so worth it. If you can try adding as much live rock as you can (1 piece, in the least ~10-20lbs) every two weeks you present yourself an excellent foundation for success. I am sorry but you cant rush mother nature!

As far as the damsels? IMO keep them around until you start to add other fish. My LFS took them back for a $1/pc. Cant argue with something like that!


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