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Old 03-08-2013, 10:19 PM   #1
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Fish before CUC?

I figured I'd buy my fish first until I read last night to get some clean up crew first. I was also told to get cheap damsels to cycle my tank. If I'm cycling now w no fish do I still start w them?
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I figured I'd buy my fish first until I read last night to get some clean up crew first. I was also told to get cheap damsels to cycle my tank. If I'm cycling now w no fish do I still start w them?
IMSO don't cycle your tank with damsels. You can use a cocktail shrimp. Don't get a CUC yet either. Wait it out. Get the tank cycled. You really don't need a CUC anyway.

The biggest thing is to be patient. But I really wouldn't use damsels. They are very aggressive and nasty little fish and can be a nightmare to catch.
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+1 for the fishless cycle. It's simple and there's no fish to catch when the cycles done
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IMSO don't cycle your tank with damsels. You can use a cocktail shrimp. Don't get a CUC yet either. Wait it out. Get the tank cycled. You really don't need a CUC anyway.

The biggest thing is to be patient. But I really wouldn't use damsels. They are very aggressive and nasty little fish and can be a nightmare to catch.
I don't need a CUC? How do I keep the sand bed clean of old food and fecal matter algae and what have you?
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I don't need a CUC? How do I keep the sand bed clean of old food and fecal matter algae and what have you?
Water changes, sand sifters like stars, certain snails will do some work for you. A CUC can be helpful don't get me wrong but if your cleaning the tank well you really don't "need" them but they are nice to look at.
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