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Old 11-16-2004, 10:27 AM   #1
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Is cycle finished and what about green stuff

Hi Guys, Well I have gone a couple of days now ammonia free! YEAH!
So how long should I wait to add anything (clean-up crew/fish)
I am thinking another week or 2.
Also, one of the live rocks that I bought has green algae on it. It's actually pretty and looks like seaweed, should I leave it?
I know you want to see pics... My digital camera has been MIA however I should be getting it back tomorrow! So pics soon after!
Any help would be great
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Old 11-16-2004, 10:31 AM   #2
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Yes pics would be helpful, lots of possibles.
A agree another week or 2 would be a good idea. Make sure it doesn't spike on you again. Your almost ready!!
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Old 11-16-2004, 10:47 AM   #3
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Thanks quarryshark... Just wanted to make sure I'm on the right track. The ammonia has gone up twice, so I am thinking that it is close.
Thanks so much for the good word... I will pose pics as soon as I can!
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What are the levels of nitrite and nitrate? Once the nitrite hits 0 you will be fine.
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Nitrite is 0
Nitrate is 20
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Old 11-16-2004, 03:49 PM   #6
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Ya looks like a cycle has set up. The lack of nitrite and presence of nitrate are the indicators. Still would give it a week to 10 days and then maybe introduce a few hermits and snails to see how things go.
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Old 11-16-2004, 03:59 PM   #7
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uh oh!!! Already have 1 - hermit crab, 1 - little red crab and 4 - snails..... These guys were riding on rock so just left them in. They move all over the tank, everyone seems to be OK. Don't see the red crab but about once a week. haha.

When can I start thinking about adding anemones and/or coral frags? Just curious! The local club is having a frag swap this weekend, any chance I could try it?

Just looking for some advice... I am probably getting impatient and it's OK to tell me so!

Thank Again for all the help!
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Old 11-16-2004, 04:04 PM   #8
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Woooh....slow down a bit. 8O
It will be quite a while (like closer to a year) before you should get an anemone. They need a good established tank to thrive. Would also give it some time before placing any corals. What is your current lighting?
I would look at what you want for your first hearty fish. What are you stocking plans as far as fish go?
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Old 11-16-2004, 04:44 PM   #9
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OK, I'll slow down ~ Somehow I knew that was the case!
Can't hurt to ask though.
The fish that we have in mind are Tang (the hubby requested) Clown and Manderin. I understand that the Manderin needs alot of growth in the tank so that it doesn't starve... As for the clown, I would like to get one that will bond with an Anemone as in the wild.

So with that in mind, should I just wait awhile more to add anything?!
Please let me know your thoughts.
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Oh yeah, the lighting is a CF Coralife 265 watt.
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