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Old 07-22-2009, 04:15 AM   #31
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This lower level is the reason that you should always add stock to your Aquarium slowly to let the bacteria build back up to a level that can support the new load.
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Old 07-22-2009, 09:49 AM   #32
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So what does anyone think about the levels I posted yesterday a few posts back? Should I add a tiny raw shrimp to spike the ammonia level again? I have 30lbs of LR in there and I think thats going to be my max.
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Well, If you noticed a raise and fall of your nitrite level then your cycle may be complete. I would add your CUC and a week later add a fish and then monitor again to see if your levels are okay.
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Old 07-22-2009, 04:22 PM   #34
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Sounds good to me but what is CUC (forgive my cluelessness )?
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Old 07-23-2009, 12:25 PM   #36
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Alight, well I started my CUC yesterday after getting the go ahead from you nice enthusiasts. I bought 2 peppermint shrimp and 2 astria snails and they are loving their new home. I acclimated them and everything went really well. The shrimp are loving their new 30lbs of LR to feed off of and the snails are checking things out. Should I add some more members for my CUC?? Im so excited!! This is my first SW tank and they are my first newly purchased forms of life!

BTW, I noticed on one of the pieces of rock that I have a feather duster worm (he's a little guy) and on one of the other rocks I found a tiny anemone. Another interesting thing that I saw yesterday was that in one of the rocks that has lots of little holes and crevaces, there is this teeny tiny little worm looking thing (could even pass for a tiny tiny shrimp) coming in and out of all the different holes. Should I be alarmed??

Thanks everyone for the advice and guidance! Can't wait to start adding fish!

P.S. Will post pictures of the tank and its setup pretty soon.
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I have nassarius, cerith and margirita snails, a conch for my CUC.
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Old 07-23-2009, 01:07 PM   #38
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I have nassarius, cerith and margirita snails, a conch for my CUC.

Thanks Roka, I think I'll add maybe two more snails or so. I do thank you especially though for the link to your page. It helped a lot to learn about all the different hitchhikers. Any other advice? When should I start to add fish?
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If your ammonia and nitrItes are at 0 you can add a fish now, but check your levels. I added fish before I even knew what a CUC was!
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Here is another good link for hitchhikers:
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