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Old 01-02-2013, 06:58 PM   #11
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Forget about yellow tail damsel. Very territorial and aggressive fish. They don't play nice with others. Most fish stores won't even take them back.

Before adding fish you will need to cycle your tank. If everything is new, sand, base rock etc, it will take about 6 weeks to complete the cycle. Adding a cup of sand from your LFS will speed the process a bit. The more live rock you add the quicker the cycle as well. But it will cost you $.
Make sure you bottom rock sit on the tank glass bottom or better yet egg crate. Then add sand Otherwise burrowing fish/shrimp etc will undermine the rock and may cause a collapse.

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Old 01-02-2013, 07:04 PM   #12
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i just read about the nitrogen cycle. how often do you have to do it. what is the best method?

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Old 01-02-2013, 07:11 PM   #13
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by the way the websites have benn a big help

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do you have to buy sand from pet stores or can you buy one of the types at homedepot.
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i just read about the nitrogen cycle. how often do you have to do it. what is the best method?

You do it once. the nitrogen cycle is always going on, but at the beginning you have to "cycle" your tank.
I put an uncooked grocery shrimp in, let it decay, tested ammonia, nitrite, and nitrates every day. Super easy.

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do you have to buy sand from pet stores or can you buy one of the types at homedepot.
Buy live sand or argonite or something along those lines. I wouldn't trust sand from home depot. Sand from pet stores isn't all that expensive.
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What sand did you use.
fiji pink and another type. i don't even remember. Any of it will work. Get what's cheapest assuming it matches your goals. Some fish need finer grain whereas some need larger grain. However for the vast majority of fish it does not matter.
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What live rock would you suggest?


Nano live rock. Fuji premium. Aquacultured
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Old 01-02-2013, 10:49 PM   #19
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i think my tank setup is going to be a 30-40 gallon tank. with 1-2 powerheads, and a filter and live rock.
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I might be buying the tank today
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