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Old 04-24-2012, 12:17 AM   #1
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Day 11 of reef setup

Hey I have a 75 gal setup with all the bells and whistles..(see profile)...I added 2 clowns and a big cleanup crew today...I have used bio spira as well as stability...everything is living happily and thriving...how do I know when I'm ready to add some corals?
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Old 04-24-2012, 12:19 AM   #2
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Next move is a mandarin goby in about two days as long as everyone else stays happy (10 damsels, 2 clowns, 10 blue legged hermits, 7 snails, 2 emerald crabs)...
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Old 04-24-2012, 12:28 AM   #3
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I really wouldnt add a mandarin next, have you heard of their feeding requirments?

I would add some hardy corals first, but only once your levels are stable. So i'd say in a month
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Old 04-24-2012, 12:29 AM   #4
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More then likely you will starve it... Mandarins are extremely picky eaters and tend to only eat live copepods and can deplete a population in smaller tanks..id give it a few months before buying one
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Old 04-24-2012, 11:11 AM   #5
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Yea I heard that they eat tons of tiny copopods...I didn't know that they weren't already produced in the tank...so the best bet is to get corals in a while? Obviously they produce the food that the mandarins need to survive? What are the types of corals I should be looking for when I am ready??
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Old 04-24-2012, 11:27 AM   #6
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ok I'll be the first to say it.. you're 11 days in & you have 12 fish and are now talking coral? I'm not trying to be rude/mean here but SLOW DOWN OR YOU'RE GOING TO KILL SOMETHING.
those damsels WILL kill, that's a guarantee with that many in that tank. take some damsels out & return them for store credit. You'll need to get ALOT more rock if you're talking corals(roughly 1.5-2lbs /gallon)

do you have a test kit? what are your parameters?
ammo? nitrite? nitrate? PH? Alk? Calc?
there's a lot involved in a reef setup and you need to do a bit more research before you jump into it.

again please don't take this as harsh, it just needed to be said. We've all made rookie mistakes.
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Yea I appreciate the constructive criticism and I know it's a ways out from coral I'm talking about when I do get coral (in about a month) what kinds is best to keep copopods going? I have tested the water bi-daily and also added certain "instant cycling" products...the ammonia is gone now and nitrites were almost gone two days ago... The clowns are thriving as well as everything else..also I have another 50lbs of live rock on its way there is 16.5 lbs in the tank as well as another 10+ lbs in the filters and live mud down there...live sand in the tank as well...
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Old 04-24-2012, 03:09 PM   #8
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Also what will the damsels kill?...and I put purple algae fragments in about a week ago which is now spawning a brownish algae throughout the sand is that ok????? (I posted a couple pics)
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Old 04-24-2012, 03:13 PM   #9
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Yep, 11 days in is not a great time time to add corals. i would wait a month at least to make sure the levels stabilize and are good.

That many fish in such a short time would put a stress on even the most established tank so I would also urge you to slow down. The single most important thing in saltwater is patience. I know it sounds corny but it is so true. It's more important than any piece of equipment. just hang in there and wait a bit. I also dont think so many damsels are a good thing, they are notoriously nasty and in large numbers I bet will gang up on other fish. LOL

As far as pods, they have nothing to do with the corals at all. They develop over time as your tank matures. Thats why you have to wait maybe a year to add a mandarin, if then even. A mandarin can and will eat an entire population of pods in days. They literally hunt all day long for food, without a break, they are constantly on the move. The same holds true for scooter "blennies" so watch out for them as well.
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Damsels will kill other tank mates that are less aggressive than them. Like gobys. Damsels are pretty mean fish. The brown on your sand is probably diatoms and is normal just is a sign your getting torwards the end of your cycle. You don't need to do anything with the diatoms they will go away on their own. I just completely tore my tank apart to get three damsels out that were terrorizing my tank every fish I would put in there the damsels would harrass until it died, so they had to go. They probably don't seem bad now because they are new and haven't claimed your tank as "theirs", but once they do, they won't take kindly to strangers.
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