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Old 12-26-2005, 01:18 PM   #11
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I`m glad you changed yuour mine on the cycling. It shows that you are trying to do the right thing. The two advisors gave some pretty good advice. If I knew how to do this kudos thing I would give them mine. Good luck binary your off to a good start by doing the fishless cycle.
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Old 12-26-2005, 05:05 PM   #12
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Lets see distilled water lets say its $1 a gallon. 55 gals for the tank and another 15 for the sump now thats $70 and now you will need a extra 5 gallons around for top off water... You see where I'm going here.. For another $25 you got the ro/di you want.

just toss the shrimp in shell and all
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I got back from the LFS yesterday and I bought 40lbs. of LR and I have LS and I traded in the ViaAqua multi-skimmer for a ViaAqua SK300 in sump skimmer for my 10g sump. I also bought a Mag5 for the return pump, and I got an overflow box. Everything is running (after a little incident with the sump), and I looked n there last night and saw a few pods and a crab the size of a half doller. I am very excited. Now all I need is the shrimp so I can start cycling. I will post pics soon.

You should have seen me and my dad walking out of Wal-Mart with 2 carts full with 1 gallon jugs of water. We had to unload 68 jugs of water from the car. Haha. But it was all worth it because I now dont have to worry about anything with the water (we bought distilled, .69 a gallon) and I have an extra 10g for top off. Now, for cycling. When I put the shrimp in there, should I run the skimmer Should I do any water changes?
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I really hope you read for about another 20+ hours on how to keep an octopus tank. I did reading for probably close to 30+ hours just for a reef tank and spent 2 months researching on the internet, getting my hands on everything I could find.
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I have been reading TONS. Plus the guy at the LFS has a Pygmy Octopus and he is helping me out somewhat.
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Yay! I just got back from the grocery store and I bought 2 raw, and unprocessed shrimp. They are both sitting in the tank now. Should I cut it into halfs or thirds? Also, does there need to be current on there or can they just sit still?
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You dont want no super current on it but I believe you probably want some slight current on it.
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Ok thats what it is at. Will I need 2 shrimp? Should I cut them into 1/3?
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the life span alone of an octo would discuage me from getting one..
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Yeah, the lifespan sucks. When it dies though, I can just buy another and start all over! I am excited
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