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Old 02-12-2005, 12:12 AM   #1
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Well...here goes nothing

I decided to do it. I went out this evening and purchased my set up.

55Gal tank
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48in compact flourescent lamp at 260 watt (4 at 65watts each)
couple of bags of substrate
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6lbs of base rock (LR coming really soon)
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and 1 bottle of PRIME

The tank is all put together, now I just need to get some water in it and let the "fun" begin.
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welcome to AA. You have found the best site to help you. You do know about cycling your tank right? Good luck and ask lots of questions!
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Old 02-12-2005, 12:45 AM   #3
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New Guy!!!

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Old 02-12-2005, 03:01 AM   #4
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Old 02-12-2005, 06:04 AM   #5
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welcome to AA. You have found the best site to help you. You do know about cycling your tank right? Good luck and ask lots of questions!
YEP!! I have been doing a lot of research before i decided to start this thing. My plan for cycling is getting some LR (probably from LR.com), and dropping in a shrimp. My only thing is with that, it seems to be a "new" method. I would like to go with the proven ways to run this thing, but at the same time...here little helpless animal, let me torture you for 6 weeks because I paid for you....I just dont know
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My only thing is with that, it seems to be a "new" method. I would like to go with the proven ways to run this thing, but at the same time...here little helpless animal, let me torture you for 6 weeks because I paid for you....I just dont know

I don't understand your statement here. The raw shrimp method is used so your not subjecting fish to the cycling process.

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Old 02-12-2005, 08:29 AM   #7
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My only thing is with that, it seems to be a "new" method. I would like to go with the proven ways to run this thing, but at the same time...here little helpless animal, let me torture you for 6 weeks because I paid for you....I just dont know

I don't understand your statement here. The raw shrimp method is used so your not subjecting fish to the cycling process.

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what im saying is, using fish works...it works well...everyone and everything i read says to do this...its proven to work...but it hurts the fish.

using shrimp works....people say it works...i assume it works based on the amount of people here that say to use it.

thats all, i'm just trying to decide the best thing to do for the cycle to give me the best overall outcome for my tank.
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Ok, gotcha. It really is the best way.
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Old 02-12-2005, 08:38 AM   #9
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using shrimp works....people say it works...i assume it works based on the amount of people here that say to use it.

thats all, i'm just trying to decide the best thing to do for the cycle to give me the best overall outcome for my tank.
I'm using it right now. 3 dead shrimp in a 30 gal (added one every couple of days). It's been two weeks, and my ammonia is coming down from 8+ on the chart (it's now still high at 3). Nitrites are up (5) and I'm starting to crank out the nitrate, too (50). Now I'll practice water changes to get the temp, pH and dKH right in the replacement water (I'm a newbie in spite of my post total ). Some LFS LR going in really soon before my larger order from LR.com. My plan is to have an established cycle in place when I add the bulk of my LR (although cured LR theoretically brings the cycle with it). This way, any ammonia spike from the LR shoudl be minimized and the critters can start signing up for admission into my tank.

I've got my eye on a really cute little jawfish at the LFS first first fish resident.
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1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

List of possible/likely newcomers:

Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
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I used lr to cycle my 55 gal tank. Pretty quick cycle, but I still waited 6 weeks before putting anything live into it. Patience is not my strong suit, but I figured that I'd better learn to wait - because everything in sw is waiting and being patient. Keep asking questions, and listen to the advice given here - these folks have helped me save sick fish and money!!
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