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Old 09-14-2012, 10:12 AM   #1
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Ok to add clean up crew during cycle?

Hey guys and gals. So I've read a few other threads where people have added like a dozen hermits and a dozen snails to their tank while it's cycling. Some successful stories too. Is it ok to do this? What do I need to do to make sure I'm not killing them in the process? My water perimeters look good so far. I have about 30-40 pounds of established live rock, 50 pounds of live sand from a previous reef tank, a good filter, skimmer and uv sterilizer so I'm sure my cycle will be a little quicker then most. Reason for adding them now is to help with the bb but to also clean up some of the algae in my sand bed and rocks. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 09-14-2012, 10:27 AM   #2
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Adding some snails and hermits wouldn't hurt as long as parameters don't go totally crazy.
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Old 09-14-2012, 10:37 AM   #3
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Especially if the rock and sand is from an established tank. You may not even get a huge ammonia spike and have a nice smooth transition. If the rock and sand was transferred wet and not out of water, you can probably add a fish very soon...
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Old 09-14-2012, 10:38 AM   #4
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And what kind of algae is it...?
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Getting this brown algae growing in the sand and it almost looks like green algae on some the rocks.
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Old 09-14-2012, 11:07 AM   #6
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Tank has been cycling for a week as of yesterday so I know I'll till have nitrite and nitrate spikes, or will I? Going to get 10 gallons of RO water today to do a partial water change. Thinking my phosphates might be high seeing that algae
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Looks like diatoms. Good sign of the end of cycle...
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Looks like diatoms. Good sign of the end of cycle...
Sweet. Just tested my water and here are the results.
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Ph - 8.0, ammonia - 0, nitrite - 0 and nitrates 0-5.0
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Lookin pretty good... Hard to tell but looks like a small nitrate reading??
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