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Old 11-30-2012, 06:18 PM   #11
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Don't need a water change during the cycle if there's nothing living in the tank.
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Old 11-30-2012, 07:18 PM   #12
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Don't need a water change during the cycle if there's nothing living in the tank.
not to hijack op's thread but how is your tank doing?
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Old 12-01-2012, 01:55 AM   #13
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not to hijack op's thread but how is your tank doing?
Mine are great, thanks for asking. I'm gonna update my 55g thread this weekend, check it out if you have time.
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Old 12-01-2012, 08:57 PM   #14
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Ok so I returned today, siphoned the algae on the sand bed, and scrubbed the rocks and now the tank is clean had a micro bubble issue, turned out that the water in the pump container was low.... So refilled it and no more micro bubbles instantly!!

Which method do you guys recommend for cycling? Shrimp? Or pure ammonia?

The other thing, is that my ph is almost 9.0.. Is this a problem?

Also, I noticed that some rocks are purple, one is green and others are brown... Normal?
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Ok so 2 Shrimps in.... Is that a lot? Also added a small powerhead of 1100 litres per hour
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Old 12-02-2012, 06:40 PM   #16
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Ok so 2 Shrimps in.... Is that a lot? Also added a small powerhead of 1100 litres per hour
2 shrimps will be fine. Now it's a waiting game.
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So... I wake up in the middle of the night.... The shrimp had moved!!!! Turned on the light and see a small black crab munching on it!!!! And a small worm swimming around In the tank!!!! First time I see them.... Probably hitch hikers! Tried to look for them this morning again couldn't find it!!! How can they survive if the water is not cycled? Or is it?
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Old 12-03-2012, 03:41 AM   #18
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I'm no expert on crabs, but have never seen small black crabs for sale at any of my LFS. That probably means its not a great one to have. I would try to catch it and either give to the LFS for free or if you have a sump, put it in there. Crabs are opportunistic feeders, and some will kill a fish if given the chance. And some are downright mean. Get a pic and boost it if you can. Most worm type things are bristle worms, especially if it hiding and only comes out at night. They're fine as long as they don't like a foot long.
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I will try to get a pic if I ever see it again... As you said there are loads of hiding places in my tank
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So I got a photo of my little inhabitant can anyone identify?
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