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Old 08-03-2014, 08:25 PM   #21
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To be clear that's what the rock is looking like. Any idea what the cat whisker like thing in the top left is? It gets longer every day....


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Old 08-03-2014, 08:39 PM   #23
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Another powerhead is already on order, definitely want that before fish come in. When you say a nutrient issue, should I be adding something to the tank? Using instant ocean with rodi water and other than live rock a shrimp and some fish food haven't really added anything....


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Exactly. You added a shrimp and some fish food. There is your nutrients. If you put it in, you have to take it out either by filtration or by water changes.
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I'm not seeing any cyano in those picks, it does look like a dusting of diatoms.
Well, maybe those light pink spots, but it could also be coralline. If it grows fast and if it looks like a "sheet", than cyano. If it looks like dust, diatoms.

IMO you should go ahead and do about a 75% water change then research which of the fish you want to get is the hardiest and start adding livestock.
Not to sure about the idea of adding snails and such this early, there is nothing for them to graze on so you will have to be concerned about specifically feeding them and that will impact the water quality negatively. You should wait at least 1-2 months after adding your desired fish stock before adding any critters classified as "clean-up crew".

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So add fish first then the cuc? I've always thought it was the opposite?

If that's the case would it be ok to add two small fish to the tank at this point? A percula clown and a small wrasse for example?


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So add fish first then the cuc? I've always thought it was the opposite?

If that's the case would it be ok to add two small fish to the tank at this point? A percula clown and a small wrasse for example?


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I don't see any reason why not if the tests are all good.
Just be sure to research and start with the hardiest species of the ones you want.
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I would start with one fish and go from there.
In terms of a clean up crew, you don't NEED them. Hermit crabs and snails eat uneaten food, poop, and algae...depending on the type...but they still poop. They aren't an overwhelming solution or even needed. I keep some in my tank, but it is proper filtration and water changes that is your true clean up crew.
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I would start with one fish and go from there.
In terms of a clean up crew, you don't NEED them. Hermit crabs and snails eat uneaten food, poop, and algae...depending on the type...but they still poop. They aren't an overwhelming solution or even needed. I keep some in my tank, but it is proper filtration and water changes that is your true clean up crew.
Would you agree about adding them a couple of months in rather than immediately?
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Depends what it is eating. I wouldn't put algae grazers in right away. But a red legged hermit or two that will munch on uneaten food could go in same day as a fish.
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Depends what it is eating. I wouldn't put algae grazers in right away. But a red legged hermit or two that will munch on uneaten food could go in same day as a fish.
then we agree.
I mentioned waiting because he wanted to add snails right away, and there won't be much for them to eat.
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