Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 03-15-2010, 06:54 PM   #11
SW REEF 18+ YEARS
Community Admin
 
melosu58's Avatar



Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Virginia
Posts: 38,249
Starfish need a very mature tank. They are very suseptable to water parameter swings. IMO tank needs to be at least a yr old.
__________________

__________________

SITE ADMINISTRATOR

You can view many of my fish and corals in my photo albums in my profile.

View my tank


AA Community Rules|AA TOS

Forums 101 - posting, accounts, basics
melosu58 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2010, 01:12 PM   #12
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Cookies N Punch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 75
I bought some fake plants and changed the rock around. My Nitrite is sky rocketing around 9 or 10 ppm, but my ammonia is still around 2 ppm and my nitrate is around 40 ppm. Everything else is fine. Its been about a little over a week now, so hopefully my cycle will plateau soon and start declining. So I can add a fish and a CUC. Which fish are great to start out with? Gobys? Damsels?

Heres a pic of the plants..

__________________

__________________
Cookies N Punch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2010, 10:39 PM   #13
AA Team Emeritus
 
austinsdad's Avatar


 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Accokeek, Maryland
Posts: 7,694
Gobies and blennies would be a good start I think. The fake stuff is gonna get covered with yucky stuff later and you'll likely ditch'm. Diatoms. Algaes. Have fun with the plants for a while.

I'd also add 2x that amount of rock. Helps with the natural filtration. 1-1.5 lbs per gallon works well for most.
__________________
-Ray-

"Life may not be the party we hoped for but while we are here we might as well dance!"

austinsdad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2010, 10:51 PM   #14
Algae Fighter
 
JustOneMore20's Avatar


 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Birmingham, AL
Posts: 3,872
Send a message via MSN to JustOneMore20
Since you don't have alot of room in that tank, I'd stick with just 1-2 small fish tops.....similar stocking to a 10g, though I think a 10g has more surface area.

I think I missed it, but what is your ammonia source? Just the live rock?

And I agree about the plants and adding more rock.
__________________
~Kristin~
2 planted tanks: 40g, 20g ; 38g Reef tank
My links to pics: 40g breeder planted build, 40g breeder planted update, My 38g Reef Build

JustOneMore20 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-2010, 02:17 PM   #15
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Cookies N Punch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 75
Yea i know the tank is small but I got it for its height because eventually my goal is seahorses. Yea my ammonia source is just the LR and the LS. I was going to do the raw shrimp but my nitrite is so high that im pretty sure ive already started cycling so im just going to let it ride out and see what happens. And is there any animal I could get that would primarily eat the algae off of the plants later? Also, wouldn't i have to start my cycle all over if I add more LR?
__________________
Cookies N Punch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-2010, 05:59 PM   #16
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
thincat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 5,330
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cookies N Punch View Post
Thats a nice write up on your SH set up Melosu

lol and yea that makes sense thincat, but does that exclude a CUC and/or hardy animals? Bc I really wanna get a star when my cycle is done.

I think im just ganna add the raw shrimp today to kick up my nitrite. Good idea?
Don't get me wrong but, a star is not a hardy animal. It is very sensitive to water changes. When you do add a hardy animal make sure it's one that you will enjoy and does not turn into the bully of your tank.
__________________
Happy Reefing,
TC
thincat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-2010, 06:04 PM   #17
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
thincat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 5,330
"Also, wouldn't i have to start my cycle all over if I add more LR?"
Oops, forget the write up!!!
Not really because the LR that you have will aid in finishing the cycle. It might notch up a bit but then the new rock will start to have lots of good bacteria on it and this will speed up your cycle.
__________________
Happy Reefing,
TC
thincat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2010, 01:20 AM   #18
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Cookies N Punch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 75
Alright cool, yea ill all some more rock maybe like another 7 lbs because im already at 7 lbs and its a 14G
__________________
Cookies N Punch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2010, 04:26 AM   #19
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Mitchell0605's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Wollongong Australia
Posts: 2,757
Awesome. Are you gonna go SH's straight away or wait and start with a goby or something?
__________________
~ Mitch

Follow my 6G Pico build!
Mitchell0605 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-21-2010, 07:36 AM   #20
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
thincat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 5,330
Mitch I'm brain dead right now. What does SH stand for?
__________________

__________________
Happy Reefing,
TC
thincat is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off








» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:26 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.