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Old 02-07-2005, 10:20 PM   #1
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New 29 gal tank

Just started my first SW tank this weekend. 29 gal tank, 43 lbs live rock, 40 lbs of live sand. I dropped in one medium size shrimp. Is one enough for a tank my size?
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I would go with a couple more.
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Should be enough. Actually the live rock and live sand should be enough to cycle your tank without the shrimp. You will have die off from the live rock and live sand already has benificial bacteria in it.
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FW tanks have to have a starter but sw is just fine with live rock.
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Old 02-08-2005, 05:31 AM   #5
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I just used 1 shrimp when I cycled my 29er and worked beautifully
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20 Lbs Caribsea Aragonite Sand
10 Lbs. Live Sand from LFS
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1 Orange Spotted Goby
1 Royal Gramma
1 Coral Beauty Angel
1 Tiger Pistol Shrimp
1 Fire Shrimp
1 Coral Banded Shrimp
1 Emerald Crab
1 Sand Sifting Star
3 Scarlet Reef Hermits
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You are off to a good start. One shrimp should be plenty. In fact, with 43lbs LR you may not need the shrimp at all, although it may help jump start the cycle. Good luck. Now come the hard part...hurry up and wait.
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