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Old 06-07-2006, 12:37 AM   #1
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being new to the whole reef thing should i start the tank off with a few reef safe fish then add corals slowly or the other way around. Also when should i send in the clean up crew? and in what over would i add them.
another question i have is should i add the corals slowly like fish or do they not affect my bio load in the same way as fish do. thanks
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Old 06-07-2006, 12:49 AM   #2
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How long has your tank been up and running for? How much LR do you have? I would start with the reef safe fish when your cycle is over and add them slowly to make sure that your water quality doesnt get out of wack. After about 6 months you could start adding corals if your water is stable enough to do so. No, corals don't have the same bioload and affect on the water as fish. HTH
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Old 06-07-2006, 12:57 AM   #3
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just in the process of starting the tank.. cycle is in progress as we speak... lr i have about 60-70 lbs. 6 month before corals... wow... i was hoping to get some before then... is there a reason why i have to wait that long ? if the water parameters are correct that is
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Your tank needs to settle down and catch up with itself before you add corals. Also you need to have a strong lighting to keep any corals. HTH
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I don't personally think you need to wait 6 months before getting corals. You do however need a stable system and 6 months can be the time frame for some to stabalize their system, but it's not always the case with every system. The key is to have worked out all the kinks before adding corals, and to have next to zero fluctuations in your parameters. I would aim for 1.025 for your SG if you plan on corals.

Now don't take what I say about corals and jump in soon.... Do allow yourself the time to stabalize your tank. Corals are expensive and it's not worth the risk to jump the gun.

I would also add your clean up crew after your cycle is done and your nitrates are around 10ppm. You could stock a couple of fish shortly after the cycle and wait until your tank starts to look "lived in" before adding the clean up crew just to ensure they have something to eat.
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Old 06-07-2006, 05:09 AM   #6
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I agree with ryguy.

Its up with you if you want to add fish before corals or vise versa. I've seen a few of your threads, but before I go recommending corals what type of lighting do you have? How deep is the tank? Ect......
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Old 06-07-2006, 08:33 AM   #7
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After about 6 months you could start adding corals if your water is stable enough to do so.
Six months is a bit of a streatch. I would say that if after a couple of very stable months you may begin adding some hardier, easy to care for corals.
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Also you need to have a strong lighting to keep any corals.
Well, stronger then NO lights anyways. Can you describe your current or planned lighting system? The corals you will be able to keep will depend on the light you put over them. There is a wise variety of low, medium and high light corals.
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55 gal bow front (36 long, 21 high 12 wide on the sides)
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55 gal bow front (36 long, 21 high 12 wide on the sides)
Just so you are aware, these are the dimensions of a 46G bowfront, not 55G
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wow, that is news to me... i have had this tank for years and when i bought it as a freshwater tank and i was told it was a 55 gal.
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