Originally Posted by rtgreeno
nevermind.... i figured it out... the fish are fine.. its the fact that the tank does not yet have its own light source so the florescent lights in my kitchen light the tank.... well on the kitchen side of the tank (its on my bar) the fish are bright and beautiful.... but from the dinning room side they are darker pale and transparent... lol i cant believe it took me that long to figure that one out... not the sharpest tool in the shed i spose... was just worried that the fish were sick or somthing... and just to mention of ALL the stuff ive looked into and been told by SEVERAL lfs
's is to use the damsels to cycle the tank.... never even heard of a fishless cycle before....
's want to sell you the fish, many tell you this to persuade you to buy a fish from them. I would never go back to a LFS
that told me to cycle with fish.
Cycling with fish is cruel and terrible to the fish. It is putting enormous strain on them and making them sick. They are essentially living in their own waste weeks and they will have a terrible existence and potentially die. Also damsels are near impossible to get out of your tank without tearing it apart and are also very aggressive, especially if they were the first fish introduced into the tank.
Fishless cycling involves introducing a non-living source of ammonia (typically a fresh shrimp from the seafood section of your favorite grocery store) and letting the necessary bacteria proliferate over the next 3-8 weeks.
Anyhow, whatever floats your boat. Just know that your putting that fish through ****.