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Old 04-30-2009, 10:47 AM   #1
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started with damsels

When I started my 75g up I started out with 2 blue devils and 2 zebra damsels. I heard they where great to start out with so a got a couple. Now I'd like to add other fish but my lfs says the damsels will attack everything! Does anyone have suggestions on what I might be able to put in with them? I've tried to catch them but thats almost impossible without removing all the lr. I also want to start up corals in the near future too so I know I have to watch out for some other fish that will eat those as well
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how long has the tank been running?
Is your tank cycled?
post water tests please to confirm.
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I've had the tank running for almost six months. Everything has been going great so far I've had no problems with the water. My nirites and nitrates have stayed at zero and ph is 8.2. Do you think I'll have problems with other fish?
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When I get home tonite I`ll post a link on how to get fish out the tank.Dont have it here at work.
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I sure wish I would have known about he fishless cycle when I started out. The lfs I started out with told me to use the damsels. He said to let the tank run for a month and add them in. I had no idea how bad that would be at that time. I know now to never recommened that to anyone!!
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Thanks I'd appreciate that. My 2 clowns don't care about the net in the water but the damsels instantly disapear. I wouldn't mind keeping them if I could add some other fish with them. My advice to ALL BEGINNERS is to NEVER start out with damsels!!!! unless thats all your going to get
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I sure wish I would have known about he fishless cycle when I started out. The lfs I started out with told me to use the damsels. He said to let the tank run for a month and add them in. I had no idea how bad that would be at that time. I know now to never recommened that to anyone!!
I find out that LFS advice can be questionable at times. Using damsels to start a cycle is just a poor method because of cruelty to the animals, you will have problem of territorry control due to the aggressive nature of damsels and there are better methods available. I think you should remove them as soon as possible and return then to your LFS for credit. DP
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I would have removed them already if I could catch them. I don't use that store anymore either, I think he just wanted to sell things instead of working with what I wanted to do in the future. That's why I joined this group because I get advice from so many people that really know what their talking about
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