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Old 01-04-2011, 06:08 PM   #11
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I just got back from the LFS where I bought my cat shark. They were very honest with me and told me that before I had bought my shark one had sold, but the other two had died (I bought the last of the 4). The guy that I work with (the shark guy) was supposed to be off the day that I bought my shark, but he came in later in the day to help out because the store was so busy (that place stays busy!). I got there shortly after he came in, so he wasn't even aware that 2 of the sharks were "gone," he had just assumed that they had sold. Today was the first time I had seen him since and he told me what happened. They, without hesitation, credited me back for the shark.

Why they didn't pull that last shark from the tank to begin with, seeing that the other 2 had died, not sure. Maybe they just weren't sure if he would get sick as well. Or it could have just been that there was such a short period between the other 2 dying and me buying mine. Either way, I that it was VERY respectable for them to be that honest with me and re-credit me for the purchase.
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A good article to read.

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Old 01-04-2011, 06:19 PM   #13
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A good article to read.

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that was a good read. I looked in to that method before adding the damsels. Had I read that particular article first, I think I would have gone with the already dead shrimp method. But, at this point I have 9 damsels in the tank. Your thoughts? Just let it cycle as is?
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they credited you back because they sold you a shark and it died. they want you to come back for more purchases with confidence. a banded cat shark costs them about 15 bucks plus shipping. it's a small expense for a lifelong customer.

i would return the damsels which are either going to be food, or extra bio load for nothing. just give it a good cycle and try again.
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you think I should return the damsels and try and cycle the tank with some raw shrimp? or will those damsels cycle the tank? could I just drop some frozen krill in the tank with the damsels?

do you think the shark could have "infected" the water with anything?
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just give it a good cycle and try again.
ps: thanks for the encouraging words. you've been a lot of help Mr X... or V
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I am sorry for your loss. I have read up on your setup, and before you get your rays may I recommend that you install a large sump (approx. 55 gal+) underneath your 125. In order to provide the tank with adequate biological filtration you need about 75-100lbs. more LR. Since your going to be keeping animals with delicate skin, keeping this in the tank is a no go, that's where the sump comes in. If you build a 4 section sump (section for intake,then skimmer, then LR, then return) You can get a quality in sump skimmer, pile in the LR, and keep your DT as open as possible for the rays.

Here is a 2 part video on how to construct a sump on youtube, hope it helps.
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haha...remember, remember, the 4th of january....er..um.....
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i would return the damsels which are either going to be food, or extra bio load for nothing. just give it a good cycle and try again.
I totally agree. My reasoning is that it`s not fair to the damsels.
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next question (and thanks again in advancing for keeping up with my thread)... with the canister filter that I have already (eheim pro III 2075) doing a lot of the bio filtering, and the reef octopus skimming, what would you think about doing a sump just for live rock. basically no chambers, just live rock. water in, water out?
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