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Old 07-06-2014, 02:56 AM   #1
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I'm new to saltwater and I just got a 55 Gallon, I put Alpha and reef salt in. I'm using Bio-Active Arganite sand. What are some kinds of inverts/fish that I could put in relatively soon? And how long until I can? (I just set this tank up about 8 hours ago)

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Old 07-06-2014, 03:32 AM   #2
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I suggest you read up on the nitrogen cycle and cycling an aquarium, there are articles on both here on this forum. As for fish selection, check liveaquaria and search by minimum tank size.
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I have 4 freshwater aquariums, and I know about the cycling and whatnot. I just need a kick starter or something. I have looked through liveaquaria's inventory a few times but I just need someone's personally learned opinion.
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deli shrimp will kick start your cycle a lot of us here are not big fans of a fish in cycle
as it is hard on the fish and will shorten it's life expectancy
your also going to need either base rock or live rock aprox 1lb per gal
cycling with just sand than adding rock will start you cycle over again
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Do you have a protein skimmer? Sump? Live rock? You'll need an ammonia source to cycle. Aka a raw shrimp. For fish/inverts so you want a reef?


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I have 4 freshwater aquariums, and I know about the cycling and whatnot. I just need a kick starter or something. I have looked through liveaquaria's inventory a few times but I just need someone's personally learned opinion.

If you know about cycling then you know there is no way to guess how long it will take. Nothing good happens fast in sw. As for fish why don't you tell us what you like and then maybe you'll get some first hand experience with that fish.
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deli shrimp will kick start your cycle a lot of us here are not big fans of a fish in cycle
as it is hard on the fish and will shorten it's life expectancy
your also going to need either base rock or live rock aprox 1lb per gal
cycling with just sand than adding rock will start you cycle over again
if you click the search button on top of the page and type in what your looking for
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Cycle your salt tank - Aquarium Advice
researching at the early stages will help you prevent future problems before you have any
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Would some frozen Brine Shrimp do any good?
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Would some frozen Brine Shrimp do any good?

NO !! 7chars


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Fish food is just going to add phosphates to your system which will fuel a big algae bloom with the high nitrates from the cycle. You know you need ro/di water for a reef too right?
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Fish food is just going to add phosphates to your system which will fuel a big algae bloom with the high nitrates from the cycle. You know you need ro/di water for a reef too right?
Yup. My LFS has a RODI-presalted and all that machine in their store. They sell it at 1$ a gallon. I'll pick up a deli shrimp or two today to put in there. Whats the best thing to put them in so I don't have to try to get just a decaying shrimp out of the tank?
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