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Old 07-10-2019, 07:34 PM   #1
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How long do you let tank cycle for?

Hello I have a 3 G salt water tank pH currently 7.5 0 nitrates, and SG 1.025
I just purchased live rock and 2 snails and 2 crabs. The tank is 3 days old. At what point is tank ready for clown fish? Also how do I raise my pH of my tank as it is low?

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Don't chase numbers like pH. It'll go up and down as the day goes. Trying to dose for 'perfect' pH in a tank can easily crash a system 6 times larger than what you are working with.
As for ensuring your cycle is done, dose the tank up to 2 ppm of ammonia. If the ammonia and nitrite levels are undetectable in 24 hours you are cycled. Then you simply do water changes until the nitrates are 0 and you are fish ready.
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Hello I have a 3 G salt water tank pH currently 7.5 0 nitrates, and SG 1.025
I just purchased live rock and 2 snails and 2 crabs. The tank is 3 days old. At what point is tank ready for clown fish? Also how do I raise my pH of my tank as it is low?

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Clowns arenít a good option for a 3 gallon tank. Clown goby would be great or a small shrimp goby like a Randallís or yasha and a pistol shrimp would be great for this tank so you could really see the symbiotic relationship. Also one of the small mantis could make a cool occupant, the species are slipping my mind at the moment though
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Thank you so much! Why do you think I shouldnít have clown fish? Is the tank too small?
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Indeed. The size requirements for clowns is about a 20 gallon tank. These small systems are difficult to stock for saltwater. The goby route as mentioned would be a good recommendation, but there just aren't many options for tanks below the 10-20 gallon range on the saltwater side of things...and in reality they don't really open up until you get into the large systems.
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How long do you let tank cycle for?

I was going to say 10 for a single clown assuming itís the only fish, but 20 for a pair. Female clowns usually get in the 3Ē range which is just to much fish for a 3g like sniper said.
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