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Old 11-23-2012, 10:35 PM   #1
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Is this normal?

I started my firs saltwater tank about three weeks ago and it has not cycled yet. I don't know if I should invest in anymore in livestock. I have two naked goby's, a blue leg hermit, and an Australian domino damsel. They are in a 25 gallon bowfront with a canister filter. The goby's have already laid eggs and they hatched.

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And a Zoa coral also
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Old 11-23-2012, 10:57 PM   #2
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It can take up to 6 weeks or more to cycle. How much live rock do you have?
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Old 11-23-2012, 11:15 PM   #3
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About ten pounds and same in sand. ok I was wandering. I am about to start water changing.
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Old 11-23-2012, 11:18 PM   #4
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Three fish crab and coral all in one pic. Hard to see the gobys and the crab but they are there
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you should have another 30 lbs of rock and maybe another 10 lbs of sand. Its usually 1 1/2 pounds of rock per gal. if its porous rock like figi or 2 lbs if its dense rock like atlantic
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I bought cultured Fiji from petco and I know it's not the best but it has some purple Algae on it. I'm piecing it together a little at a time. I'm at about 200$ on the entire thing and want to get a better light next. Next I am going to tackle my four foot rectangle next for a DT. I should also add that I got 20 gallons of my water from the gulf of Mexico and the naked goby's came from there as well as a couple of small pieces of live-rock.
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you should have another 30 lbs of rock and maybe another 10 lbs of sand. Its usually 1 1/2 pounds of rock per gal. if its porous rock like figi or 2 lbs if its dense rock like atlantic
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I agree, the live rock should be more. Sand should be a couple inches deep.
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I am collecting LR from as many different places that I can. Don't know if it helps but I want it to be as diverse as possible.
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There are a couple inches of sand, I used 1 bag of "live sand" I got from petco. And a quarter of a pillow case of beach sand from Florida.
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Old 11-25-2012, 02:57 AM   #10
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It's coming along. You don't need a certain amount of sand like someone posted before (you could go without any sand), but what you have is fine. I agree you should add more rock though, and it doesn't have to be live, it can be dry. Just saying damsels are known for being territorial so watch out for aggression when you add a new fish. What are your parameters? If you don't have a test kit already, I'd say it's a necessity so that you can know when to add another fish, how to fix a problem, etc. Don't get a new fish until you test your water and know that the cycle is over (0 ammonia, 0 nitrite, low level of nitrate). I'd think that the damsel (can be extremely hardy) and apparently the gobies are surviving in levels of ammonia and nitrite which are very toxic. A new addition wouldn't be so "lucky".
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