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Old 06-18-2005, 02:59 PM   #1
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Starter fish...

...are damsels the only fish you can use to cycle a new salt reef tank? I know lr can be used but what about other types of fish or inverts, if any, that can handle the new cycle?

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I would not use any fish to cycle the tank. I`ve seen where others put a piece of shrimp in the tank and used that to help cycle the tank. I put some flakes in mine to cycle it out. Whatever you do don`t waste the fish`s life to cycle your tank. Have a good day
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IMO uncured live rock is the best and usually fastest to cycle a tank. It only takes 1 piece to do it and mine have all cycled in 2 to 3 weeks with LR.
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Thank you for your provided information... however, my question remains to be answered.
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I wouldve used a fish too, but the cost of having a fish die far outweighs 2 pennies for a cocktail shrimp.

Anyways...
Damsels, Chromis (Some people dont have luck with these) are the two main types.

Clownfish are realated to damsels, but again... there is the cost factor involved.


I would use a dead cocktail shrimp, SOOOO much cheaper, and you are SURE to get a cycle going with one.

As far as inverts and stuff, none can live through a cycle.
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Best fish to cycle w/-cocktail shrimpius.
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Thank you for your provided information... however, my question remains to be answered.
I think it has, just not in the way you wanted. Using fish to cycle is outdated. Fishless cycling is a much more humane way to cycle a tank. Damsels are hardy and maybe have a 50% chance of surviving a cycle. When the cycle is finished you are stuck with a territorial, aggressive and mean fish to deal with. Save yourself some money and stress and use a cocktail shrimp.
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When the cycle is finished you are stuck with a territorial, aggressive and mean fish to deal with
Too True, as I learned the hard way, i had not Joined AA before i used damsels and did not know of using shrimp, tho two damsels survived but yes you cant easily get rid of them and they'll attack pretty much anything you put in there (my clown is now scared to leave the corner of the tank, they dont bother my yellow tang though, most probably because he's twice the size of them!) - to get to the point - DONT USE DAMSELS !!!
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Just a follow up to my prevoius post, i put a nice bubble tip anenome in the centre of the tank to try to encourage the clown out, a week later and he still dosen't know its there, i will know have to spend more money and but one of those fish-trap things and try to catch the damsels, belive me, you will give the cycling fish hell and any fish you add after the cycling is complete will be too scared and will hide - JUST GO WITH THE SHRIMP !!!
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yeah. skip the damsels. I had two. The bigger of the two picked on the smaller and stressed it to death. Then I added clowns and he picked on them too. After trying to catch him many times I eventually had to remove most of my rock and chase the damsel around the tank for 30 mins to get him out. I recommend you stay away from damsels.
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