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Old 02-07-2008, 06:30 PM   #11
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Just do the shrimp and cycle. Don't worry about the pellets or any other food for a while.
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Old 02-07-2008, 06:33 PM   #12
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Imo 15 pounds of lr in a 60 gallon tank just wont cut it. Before adding fish I would look at Liveaquaria.com. You could get some standard or premium figi rock at a decent price which could easily get you into the 40-50 pound range. I would add the rock with your existing rock, you will defiantly see a cycle with it, and then go from there.
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Old 02-07-2008, 06:55 PM   #13
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Order a box Reef Rock or other base rock. It will become LR (coated with bacteria) during your cycle. 15 pounds of LR just is not enough to handle the bio load of a stocked tank. It would be fine for 1 fish, but you're going to have to add more rock sooner or later. Might as well add a bunch of base now and let the tank cycle with that and the bit of LR you have.

Don't plan on a PWC untill you have added much more rock and gone through a proper cycle.

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Do you have a sump or a wet/dry filter?
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Old 02-07-2008, 07:09 PM   #14
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heater at 76 degrees
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live sand of inch an a half
15 pounds of live rock
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Old 02-08-2008, 04:13 AM   #15
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so i just wanted to give everyone a follow up.. i did put a piece of raw shrimp in there.. so hopefully its starts to cycle soon.. like i said earlier i will get my test kits in a day or two
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Old 02-08-2008, 01:32 PM   #16
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[quote=madstyle1;846508]ok, i do have live sand on there now about and inch or inch and a half. i only have 6 pieces of live rock (15 pounds) didnt have enough money for the required. As soon as i do i will get more.



You should really get more rock in there. Go to ebay and look for reef rock. You can get a 50lb box for $50. Real nice pieces also very pourous.
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Old 02-08-2008, 03:55 PM   #17
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im definitely going to get get more rock.. ill take a look into reef rock. but i just got back to my LFS and bought my test kit and here are the results. Ammonia = 0ppm, Nitrite = 0ppm, Nitrate = 0ppm and PH is @ 8.2
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is the shrimp decaying? how many shrimp? I would have thought you would have seen a spike exspecially since you dont have that much rock.
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Old 02-08-2008, 07:36 PM   #19
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the shrimp turned light orange like its being cooked..i just put it in last night.. should i give it more time. i heard it takes about 3 to 5 days
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