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Old 03-09-2011, 09:05 PM   #1
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Just got fish

Okay I just bought two damsels and acouple of crabs they told me to wait about 20 min before letting them go into the water. What specific times do I turn the lights on and off and should I have the water a certin temp?
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Old 03-10-2011, 02:57 AM   #2
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Did you cycle your tank or are you using the damsels?
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Well I ran the tank for a week and a half with nothing in it just rock then I put the damesels in it and the little crabs is that fine and I had the water checked from a local fish store
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Well... its not the best for your fish to go through (covered in ammonia-burning their eyes and gills), but you'll have to cycle with fish in or return them to the store so you can do a fishless cycle.
Cycle your salt tank
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There are so many stores that say get a damsel they are hardy and put it in there. Yes they are hardy little guys but cycling will kill them or cut their life short. Most people start out with damsels loving them and then end up hating them.

The only way you won't be going through a cycle now is if all your live sand and rock came directly out of a well established tank. I have upgraded my tanks and have always been lucky enough to get the sand from someone taking a tank down. The first week there is an ammonia spike and then it drops back down. It is called a soft cycle.

One thing I have learned is to drip acclimate fish and test the store water against mine for anything else. If the water is .001 difference I will drip acclimate things like crabs and shrimp.
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