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Old 07-18-2005, 03:36 PM   #11
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Sounds like it could be your acclimation process. Do a search on acclimation..
Drip is the best but floating can work as long as you take you time.
Check the salinity of the LFS water before you start and then yours.. If your floating take out some LFS water and then add 1-2 shot glasses of your tank water float for 15-20 and repeat this for at least an hour... Check salinity of the bag and if it still does not match your tank water then keep going..
Another thing that can kill the fish is a big jump in PH so you may want to check yours and the LFS ans see how they compair.
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Old 07-18-2005, 03:50 PM   #12
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as far as whether or not the rock was cured/uncured, my motto is better thorough before than sorry later. It wont hurt to toss in the cocktail shrimp and boost the activity on the rock for a month or so. Patience is a virtue in this hobby, also one of the hardest things to acquire. Especially when you want to start adding things to the tank. We have all been there/done that and some of us still do rush things a bit even knowing better
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nothing unusual & the water is clear
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Old 07-18-2005, 05:04 PM   #14
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Your tank isn'r ready. Hara is right. Patience is what you need now, take it from me.

I started my tank early this January. My readings were 0 (NO2 and ammonia) as well. All looked good and I killed several fish too - identical to your time frame also.

Add the shrimp. Wait 4 more weeks while doing weekly, 10% water changes - every week! Check the water and make sure NO2's and ammonia is 0. Then add a couple small fish (Chromis, 6-line, clown).

Your description of your acclimation sounds good.
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Will the damsel I have in there bother the shrimp that I throw in? I guess I can pretty much expect him to roll over as well. He looks pretty good now though. I will get the shrimp and wait the four weeks before I add anymore fish. I'm glad I didn't start off with any expensive fish.
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Andari, Did the LFS tell you the lr was cured? If so then there is no need to go that shrimp route. That is why people pay extra for cured rock so they don't have to go throught the cycle process.
Tossing in a dead shrimp to a cycled tank will do nothing that adding a fish won't.
Its your tank so if the shrimp is what you want to do then go for it, I am just telling you that in a tank with cured LR is is not needed. With the readings you posted I would say your cycled and ready for fish.. Even after adding a shrimp you may never see ammonia or nitrite so don't worry if you dont see them in a cycled tank
Take adding fish slowly, don't rush adding lots at once.
Read up on acclimation of fish and you will do fine.
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