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Old 06-18-2011, 12:50 PM   #1
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My tank just cycled, What Next?

My ammonia is at 0 and Nitrites are also 0 and Nitrates are between 5 and 10 ppm. So what next, I have shrimp that I used to cycle my tank do I leave those in( also used live rock and sand) or should I take them out(shrimp), and my next step would be the cleanup crew right.
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Yea take out the shrimp. and IMO i would get a fish or to first before the cuc because the crew needs something to clean up first so i would get some fish first then add a cuc a few days later this is what i did
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I agree with taking out the shrimp. I would do a 33% PWC to dilute excessive nutrients in the tank and then you should be OK to add fish slowly. Just one fish at a time so your bioload can keep up.
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When I do a water change do I have to have the saltwater already made up ahead of time or can I do it on the fly since I have no fish or anything in the tank, and I was planning on two ocellerris clowns is that alright?
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Yes you`ll need to have it already made up. Never add dry salt to your tank for any reason. I guess that`s what you were asking. Just mix up some SW and let it set for a day and then replace. Sorry if I misunderstood your question.
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Question...why remove the shrimp?
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You really dont need it. Your livestock will be taking over providing the ammonia source now that you have some nitrifying bacteria.
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Thanks, gonna look at getting a hardy fish just in case it decides to spike up on me. Thanks for the help again melosu58.
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No problem. Good luck on the tank.
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