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Old 12-27-2004, 04:13 PM   #1
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shrimp question

can i add the coctail shrimp to the tank before i get the live rock? i'm gonna order the live rock today so it should be here by tomorrow. my tank has just the saltwater and a two inch sand bed. (not live sand) tia
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Old 12-27-2004, 05:12 PM   #2
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eh, probibly not a great idea.

I added mine the day I added my LR. your LR will start a cycle and it would be good to have the shrimp start the cycle at the same time.

in the long run, it probibly doesn't make much of a difference. How big is your tank? if its fairly small, just add a part of the shrimp. in mine, I used only about a third of the shrimp.
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Old 12-27-2004, 05:13 PM   #3
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its just a 10 gallon nano tank. thanks for the advice on only adding a part of it! i wondered about that!
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Old 12-27-2004, 05:20 PM   #4
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ps is the shrimp decayin in a 10 gallons of water gonna smell? cause its in my bedroom. and i just want to know what to expect
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not really, your LR will smell much worse. THAT will be the bad stuff.
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Old 12-27-2004, 06:06 PM   #6
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hmmm good to know. i probably would have freaked out and thought something was wrong when i opened the box to an unpleseant odor. will it always stink? or just before it goes into the tank?
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as the LR cycles, some of it will die off. that decaying stuff will cause the stink. I didn't get an odor from mine. ( I ordered from Liverocks.com) and there was very little die-0ff, but others are not so lucky.

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ahhh gotcha. i just ordered mine from liverocks.com too i can't wait to get it and see what comes on it! it should be here tomorrow!
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