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Old 07-17-2006, 09:48 AM   #11
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using fish the cycle the tank is the "Old School" way.. People now like to use a shrimp from the supermarket and toss that into the tank till it decays causing the cycle to start.
Lets not drag this using fish to cycle the tank issue on and on.
The point was made and beating courtney up over it will not do anything at this point.
Is the algae slimmy to the touch? does it have air bubbles trapped in it? Does it look like hair?
What type of water are you using? Have the LFS test for phosphates.
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The point was made and beating courtney up over it will not do anything at this point.
I agree. I was lucky to have a LFS that said not to cycle w/fish.

courtneyclv, I know you are very sorry, but hang in there! To answer your questions. The algae is ugly, but, if it were me, I would not add a cleaner shrimp, yet. Your tank is still toxic and he might not make it.
You can scrape the algea off the sides.

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This sounds like coraline...? Is it hard to scrape off? If you don't like the look, you can scrape it off, with no problems....
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Thank you guys! I feel much better.




Yes, I will just try to scrape it. The LFS said to do a 10percent water change and not to get a cleaner shrimp just yet.

I have the tank right in front of a big window. The sides of the tank are covered in paper, the ends arent. It doesnt get direct sunlight but a TON of light. The room is big and airy that it is in. So I will cover the edges with paper, do the scrapping and I am sure my algae will be fixed for the time being.

When my tank matures I will get a tang and shimpy to help clean the tank.
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Just so you know a Cleaner Shrimp is for the fish not the tank, they clean parasites off the fish.
They will eat left over food but they will not eat algae.
And Tangs are hit and miss with certain algaes.
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That window light may continue to give you problems w/algae.

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Lets not drag this using fish to cycle the tank issue on and on.
The point was made and beating courtney up over it will not do anything at this point.
Excellent point IMO. And get a phosphate test also like recommended. Do you have a test kit? I'd recommend you watch you own ammonia and nitrites in order to better gauge how often you need to change that water. As nitrites haven't even gone up yet, you are some time away from completing a cycle.

I'd get your rock and sand in place now if you haven't already. Take the damsels back to the store and throw in the grocery store raw shrimp. Use the test kit and watch those two every 3 days or so. Besides, IF the damsels live, they'll most likely terrorize new additions later anyway and cause you more problems. After the nitrites rise and get back to zero, you can begin to add a small cleanup crew and fish (slowly).
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