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Old 08-06-2006, 10:23 PM   #1
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Am I ready for Fish?

I set up a 38 gal SW tank 7 days ago. I used live sand and base rock. I also used Prime and Stability I tested the water today and the results were as follows.

Ph 8.3
Ammonia 0 ppm
nitrates 0 ppm
Nitrites 0 ppm
temp 76 deg F
Sepcific Gravity 1.022

Am I ready to add a fish and what should I add?
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Old 08-06-2006, 11:07 PM   #2
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2 PC's 192W each , 20 gal sump/fuge
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4 false clowns, 2 firefish, cardinal, midas blennie, toadstool, zoos, shrooms, trumpet coral, torch, pagoda, frogspawn, poylps, red open brain, devils hand, hermits, snails, 3 cleaner shrimp, coral banded and a emerald crab.
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Old 08-06-2006, 11:18 PM   #3
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i also just set up my sw tank and it's been 6 days. my readings are the same as yours. if you add fish they will surely die as your cycle is not yet complete. i was told to add a raw shrimp and that should kick start your cycle. we both have yet to experience our ammonia, nitrite and then nitrate spike. i added a peppermint shrimp to help with my cycle.
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Old 08-06-2006, 11:28 PM   #4
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Thanks for catching my mistake Jenny! I cannot disagree with the advice but I am not sure how the peppermint shrimp would help with the cycle. IMO it would most likley suffer or die during the spikes if NH3,NO3 and nitrite.
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4 false clowns, 2 firefish, cardinal, midas blennie, toadstool, zoos, shrooms, trumpet coral, torch, pagoda, frogspawn, poylps, red open brain, devils hand, hermits, snails, 3 cleaner shrimp, coral banded and a emerald crab.
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Old 08-06-2006, 11:30 PM   #5
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How long should this cycle take?
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Old 08-06-2006, 11:32 PM   #6
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You got a peppermint shrimp???? The shrimp that you use to cycle your tank with is raw and dead!!!!!! You can get them from the grocery store. You need to take your little guy back.
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Old 08-06-2006, 11:32 PM   #7
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About 4-6 weeks is an average but you will never know by a time but by when your ammonia, nitrite and nitrate are all 0.
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4 false clowns, 2 firefish, cardinal, midas blennie, toadstool, zoos, shrooms, trumpet coral, torch, pagoda, frogspawn, poylps, red open brain, devils hand, hermits, snails, 3 cleaner shrimp, coral banded and a emerald crab.
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Old 08-06-2006, 11:33 PM   #8
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I think they added a raw for the cycle but added a peppermint to "help with the cycle".
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Old 08-06-2006, 11:38 PM   #9
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What kind of fish should i add when i do?
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oh I see. I have a neighbor that catches crabs and other cleaners to put in his tank during the cycle to help with the algea blooms, but I think the peppers are to sensative for a cycle
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