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Old 09-12-2009, 02:03 PM   #11
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IMO, even IF, and that is a BIG if, the bacteria in a bottle was live, there would be no point in adding it since you alrwady have live rock in the tank which already harbors bacteria.

Just put the shrimp in a bag, poke some holes in it and toss into the tank.
true, totally forgot if the bacteria r even alive XD.
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So what should I do with the little blue fish? Leave them in there and hope they survive, or flush them? They are a bit small to make fish sticks out of. Maybe little fish bites...
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Give them back to your LFS this way someone else can enjoy them while you wait for your tank to CYCLE.
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Give them back to your LFS this way someone else can enjoy them while your wait for your tank to CYCLE.
+1, tell them you are cycling with raw shrimp
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Read this. It will tell you why we dont use live fish.

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+2 they will be really stress and may die during the cycling
if u pay for the blue little fishes, ask your lfs for store credit or just exchange something useful.
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Okay, I will take them back tomorrow. They are closed on Sundays. So today is day 3 of the aquarium being up and running. Should I start testing ammonia and nitrites now and recording them in a log?

Also, the power heads that came with the tank are very little. They move the water, but I think I should buy a bigger one or 2 to put in there. Is there any recommendations that you all have in regards to a good one to get?
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Yes, test for your ammonia levels and if to high do a water change to bring it down until you can get the fish back to your LFS. Once your fish are out of the tank you don't have to worry about doing PWC's until your tank cycles. That is the great thing about fishless cycling, no stress on any fish or you, just let mother nature take it's course and everything will be fine.
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Yes, test for your ammonia levels and if to high do a water change to bring it down until you can get the fish back to your LFS. Once your fish are out of the tank you don't have to worry about doing PWC's until your tank cycles. That is the great thing about fishless cycling, no stress on any fish or you, just let mother nature take it's course and everything will be fine.
Okay, so I tested the water as you said. Here are the results, these are the numbers from the cards:

PH: 7.8
Ammonia: .25
NitrItes: 0
NitrAtes: 20 (Yes 20, not .20)
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