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Old 10-26-2012, 11:52 PM   #251
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Those are outrageous prices on the hermits and turbos. Some LFS have double the price of what's online..they just can't compete and want to make money obviously. Turbos are usually more or less than $2. Blue knuckle hermits are around $9, but are on sale for $5.37 at bluezooaquatics.com. Just get the common blue and reg leg hermit crabs which are around a $1. Doing a water change w/ nitrites will delay your cycle. Do the first water change when there's around 40 or 50 ppm nitrAte.
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Old 10-27-2012, 12:49 AM   #252
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I have about 50 nitrates. And very very high nitrites. I hate my lfs. They use strips for water tests. Bogus.
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Old 10-27-2012, 01:00 AM   #253
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I'd say ditch them and buy online if shipping wasn't so expensive! :/ When I said do the large water change I mean when your cycle is done (0 ammonia, 0 nitrite) and you only have some nitrates.
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Especially being in Canada shipping is retarded. So once my cycle finally does finish should I add fish or CUC first? If I understand correctly snails and crabs should be added before fish? What do I feed them? And can clownfish eat flake food?
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Either works really. Personally I got a few CUC members, had them a week to see if everything was alright and the parameters didn't get crazy (which would mean the tank wasn't cycled properly if it couldn't handle such a small bio load). After that I added some chromis which are the cheapest (at least where I live) marine fish other than damsels. Either way it doesn't matter.
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Old 10-27-2012, 02:03 PM   #256
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And when I add crabs, snails, shrimp etc what do i feed them?
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Old 10-27-2012, 02:36 PM   #257
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You're not really supposed to feed them. You add a CUC when you have diatoms or hair algae, etc. They also are for the purpose of eating dead animals, eating them before they decompose releasing ammonia eventually turning into nitrate. They scavenge for scraps and should find enough food.
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Ok so I can confirm I've found at least 4 fanworms/feather dusters and a bristle worm all on one piece of rock. I've also found what almost looks like mucus. What is this?
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Old 10-28-2012, 06:13 PM   #259
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My nitrites have come down to 3ppm. Getting there!!!! Excited!!!! Probably getting fish next weekend!!!!
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Old 10-28-2012, 11:01 PM   #260
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I think I've narrowed down what I want stock wise. Please let me know if this is too much or if there's compatibility issues. It is a 50 gallon tank. 4 feet long. Fowlr.
Ocellaris clownfish x 2
Foxface lo x 1
Coral beauty angelfish x 1
Flame angelfish x 1
Copperband butterfly x 1
Royal gramma x 1
Blue reef chromis x 3
Six line wrasse x 1
Blood shrimp x 2
A bunch of assorted hermit crabs
A bunch of assorted snails
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