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Old 11-28-2012, 04:06 AM   #11
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Inverts were added originaly when i thought my cycle was over with my 2 raw shrimp...
And then a week later when amonia got to 0.25 i though i messed up my cycle so added the damsel to double make sure it would get done
Damsel + CUC all survived 3-4 weeks so after ammonia nitrite was 0 and nitrate around 5 i added 2 clownfish wich was 10 days ago
Meanwhile 1 waterchange and today kaboom....
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Old 11-28-2012, 04:08 AM   #12
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And sorry for noob question but what is BB ?


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Old 11-28-2012, 04:11 AM   #13
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Beneficial bacteria. The stuff that turns ammonia into nitrite into nitrate into Gas
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Old 11-28-2012, 04:40 AM   #14
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You probably went fishy a bit too soon, like I said I don't know salty as well as fresh, but doing fishless cycle you still need to do water changes whilst the bacteria develops, just don't clean the filter media or ornaments at all.

Aquarium water is a massive balance to start, 1 day too soon and you could loose it.

I don't know enough to say wether a damsel is suitable/hard enough for cycling, but it may have been dying from the start. It's death may be the only cause of the ammonia, your cycle may be fine.

To answer questions here we need to make a certain ammount of assumptions. So do your water change then check all your levels again. Including nitrate (check it before too if you havnt started water change yet). Post results, and it may be that you just need to cross your fingers or replace fish.


If you havnt already, check the forum for cycling help to see if damsels are hard enough, or what fish are good for cycling.
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Damsels are the ones to use for cycling. But only if you do water changes through the cycle. It's best to do fish less. It also makes it a stronger cycle. IMO 1 damsel isn't strong enough to produce enough ammonia
In a tank that size
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Damsels are the ones to use for cycling. But only if you do water changes through the cycle. It's best to do fish less. It also makes it a stronger cycle. IMO 1 damsel isn't strong enough to produce enough ammonia
In a tank that size
Agreed. Definately a bigger bio load for the cycle needed.
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So for a 77 gallon whats the proper ammount of damsel/or chromis to have to cycle properly if u take the fish-cycle route ?
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And i didnt do any water changes during cycle since i thought u had to do none till done cycling
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Old 11-28-2012, 11:43 AM   #19
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If you do none your fish will die. But if you do som you will have a WEAKER bio load. The best way really is a fish less cycle. I'm not sure on how many but probably somewhere around 3 or 4 fish?
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