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Old 09-21-2008, 02:13 PM   #11
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Ok...reading more here...should I start with a fish right now, like a clown and maybe an emerald crab or two, to start the actual cycling process? Like I said, the tank has been up for a month and a half, the live rock has been in for about 2 or so weeks.
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Your tank still needs to cycle, and you can do it a lot easier by throwing in an ammonia source that's not alive! Check out this article...

http://www.aquariumadvice.com/articl...ank/Page1.html

... and use a cocktail shrimp, or even fish food. After 3-4 days you should see your ammonia levels start to rise, followed in a few weeks by your nitrite levels. As the nitrite levels rise, your ammonia levels will drop off. Eventually, after 4-6 weeks, your ammonia and nitrite levels will be at zero, and you should have some measurable nitrates in your tank. After a couple 30% water changes to bring the nitrate levels down as low as you can, then your tank is cycled.

It's much easier (for both you AND the fish!) to use the "fishless" method of cycling as you can just let the cycle run its natural course. When people cycle with fish, the extra water changes and additional chemicals they may use only prolong the cycle, cost more money, and in the end the fish may die from ammonia poisoning anyway.
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Old 09-21-2008, 04:28 PM   #13
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Thanks for the advise Kurt!

Thanks to everyone else as well!
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Old 09-26-2008, 02:10 AM   #14
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Tap water is not a very good first choice Mag.. There are all sorts of heavy metals and such in the water that comes from the faucet that in turn wont be the best for your fishies health. I would go to your local fish store and see if they have RO or better yet RO/DI water that you can buy. Alot of fish stores have this inlcuding the one i work at. If that is a no go then your next best bet is to go to the local grocery store and buy Distilled water! Happy Saltwatering!!!
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Old 09-26-2008, 02:48 AM   #15
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Yeah...chock this one up to "I'll know for next time..."
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Didnt know if you knew or not, but you can start now, each time you do a gravel siphon or water change which im sure your doing, just add RO/DI OR RO water back in
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Old 09-26-2008, 03:02 AM   #17
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Good idea! Ok, I'll go see if I can get RO water at the LFS...if not I'm sure some of the water supply stores in my area should have it. If not, yeah I've seen the big bottles of distilled at my local grocery store.
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Old 09-26-2008, 05:51 PM   #18
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Check on ebay for an RO/DI filter. They aren't very expensive and will end up saving you a ton of money over buying water from your LFS. You really want RO/DI not just RO.

Keep reading through those articles they will answer a lot of your questions and the ones they don't, post them here and we will help you along the way.
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only fish with the live rock nothin else.
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Old 09-26-2008, 06:32 PM   #20
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Ok, thanks for the tip Ziggy.
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