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Old 12-29-2004, 02:20 PM   #1
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First few fish...

Should I expect them to die when the ammonia, nitrite and nitrate rise? I just put two damsels and one clown in yesterday and the tank has been running for a week prior. Thanks.
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Old 12-29-2004, 02:41 PM   #2
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IMO opinion, you should return the fish until the cycle is complete. I know some LFS's advocate a cycle using Damsels, but IMO and the opinion of many others here it is a cruel practice.
A much better way is the fishless cycle as explained here.
http://www.aquariumadvice.com/showqu...q=2&fldAuto=15
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WTF? You never just expect fish to die :P

Do you have LR in the tank? You can use that to cycle the tank, or go fishless.

What are the specs on the tank? Size, filtration, setup procedure...
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Some people prefer to cycle their tank with damsels because they are hardy fish, but i have never heard of cycling a tank with a clown fish. I cycled my tank with 3 cocktail shrimps base on the advice of veterans members on here, and took only 3 weeks to complete the process. BTW, what kind of water are you using?
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55 gallon tank, 12-15 lbs of live rock, I have a Penguin 330 on it now and a Protein Skimmer will be added in two weeks. The tank has been running for a week and I used Turbo Start to help initiate the biological filtration process.
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Tap water coated with Seachem Chlorine remover and Instant Ocean salt...what kind of water should I be using???
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I used Turbo Start to help initiate the biological filtration process.
Sigh..more snake oil on the market.
I have tried a similar product to cycle a qt tank, wish I would have saved the money.
Cocktail shrimp are a lot cheaper and a proven way to cycle. Like grimlock3000 stated, the LR you have will help cycle your tank as well.
RO (reverse osmosis) water is best. Here is an article explaining
http://www.aquariumadvice.com/showqu...q=2&fldAuto=20
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After a week I do not think you are done with the cycle. A week is hardly enough time for it to begin. Take the fish back ASAP and let your tank cycle natually and properly. Otherwise you are just throwing your hard-earned $$$ away. "turbo-start", "stability" and "bio-spira" are all useless and a waste of money. They may kick-start your cycle but once you add livestock the tank is likely to re-cycle. The best thing to do is let nature take it's course. It is tough waiting but the end product is worth it. If you are getting your info from a LFS, start shopping for a new one. Good luck...Lando
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