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Old 07-03-2010, 02:34 AM   #1
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water change

after using the "raw shrimp method and things on the test side are groovy...do I do a water change and of course remove what is left of the shrimp? before I add any fish?
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Old 07-03-2010, 04:24 AM   #2
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So Amm tests 0, Nitrite tests 0 also, You should have some reading of Nitrate. If so, Add a CUC.
Then slowly add fish, One or two first up. Wait awhile then same again.

How much LR do you have?
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I have about 12.5 lbs. Of LR
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yes, a water change and remove the shrimp. i don't think anyone needs a cleanup crew though. add those things like snails and crabs and such only if you like them.
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You dont add snails because you want too? They help keep your tank clean, and remove detris which cause nitrate.
Throcus Snails and Turbo Snails are the best imo, a brittle star, Couple of hermits. Thats a pretty basic CUC, Once your tanks established you can move on to your urchins, shrimps and what not.
Imo, You need a CUC for a healthy/good looking tank.
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na, snails, crabs, and starfish aren't nearly as good as a mag float and water changes.
you don't need a cleanup crew at all if you are diligent with your husbandry.
IME, "cleanup crews" are nothing more than a marketing ploy to sell livestock.
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Yea, my cleanup crew is just for fun. They dont do anything that I cannot do. My skunk cleaner shrimp does an excelent job in the rare event that my fish let something hit the bottom. (they might miss something due to the occasional fighting over food).

Still fun to watch all the critters at work! And they are the cheapest, by far, additions to the tank!

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So your saying your mag float cleans the rocks and sand? Amazing mag float..
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no. i'm saying a water change cleans the rocks, and you don't clean the sand-ever.
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I have been looking at a few ideas for a CUC only because I would like a shrimp and starfish. I plan to add them after my tank cycles. Then Add my SC and a clown. I like Gobies too
Any ideas on on having a CUC and a Gobie?
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