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Old 04-01-2009, 02:18 PM   #11
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If you are seeing both ammonia and nitrItes, you are probably seeing a small cycle. The presence of algae just means there are excess nutrients in the water.
Remember, the biofilter needs a "food" source to keep the bacteria alive. That source is ammonia. Once the biofilter is established, ammonia is quickly converted into nitrItes and nitrAtes at a pace you wouldn't be able to test/see (ammonia and nitrItes). I believe you are seeing a small cycle.
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Ok, thanks for all the feedback.

No one has suggestions on what we should get once the tank is ready to go?

I was thinking of a few various snails & crabs for clean-up, a clown, and some combination of: damsel, small wrasse, goby, or butterfly. Those look like they'd all be compatible. Other ideas? What about other inverts?
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Check the link I gave you on the 1st page. You probably don't want damsels as they can be aggressive as they get older, unless you put them in last or with other aggressive fish.
Remember, you don't want to add all the fish at once, you will need to let the beneficial bacteria catch up with the new bioload of fish. Maybe 2 at first and about 1 every 3 weeks or so after that.
Snails, I like nassis, cerith, margaritas (not a huge fan of hermits).
Shrimp, maybe a fire, or cleaner (I'm a big fan of pistols and shrimp gobys).
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