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Old 06-07-2010, 11:52 PM   #1
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CUC first?

Hello everyone. I've read that you should add the cleanup crew before any fish? Is this true?
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Old 06-07-2010, 11:53 PM   #2
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Btw i have a new 20 gallon still cycling but i wanted to know if there was any truth to this?
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Btw i have a new 20 gallon still cycling but i wanted to know if there was any truth to this?
I didn't add my CUC in my 120g till about 1 month after adding starter fish. You need to give your tank time to make stuff for your CUC to eat.
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There will no doubt be algae and detritus from decaying organics that would feed a CUC. I would add one once the cycle is over. Dont add one before it is done though, as its torture to put animals through that.

Wait a few days after your nitrites drop to zero and then add some hermits and snails, but only a handful. Dont go adding any exotic star fish or what not.

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Well it depends. If you used uncured LR to cycle the tank then will be some stuff for a cuc to live off. Generally I recommend holding off on a cuc for a few weeks. Get some livestock (1 or 2 fish) in there for a week or more before getting a cuc. Then start with just a few items (snails) and build up the cuc as the tank matures and the bioload increases. Don't buy a full tank cuc package on day 1.
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+1 for Cmor's tip. If you add a big CUC right off the bat, most of them will die due to lack of food. I'd just start out with a snail or two and a couple hermits being that your tank is only 20 gals.
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Thanks everyone. I was never going to add the CUC before the tank finished cycling. I know it hurts them. I will wait until I have a fish or two.
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