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Old 07-22-2012, 02:09 AM   #1
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Is it just me, or has anyone else noticed that you can have every fish in your tank get sick and die from a parasite or disease but the goofy damsels that you can hardly catch, that are territorial and sometimes just a plain nuisance can't be killed off? Why is that? I realize they are somewhat hardy but wouldn't they be just as susceptible to these things as a clown or other fish?
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Old 07-22-2012, 05:54 AM   #2
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Not in my experience, had two clowns die from ick and the damsels were just fine. I will catch those suckas, and there is not telling what will happen next, Just kidding, but I really don't think anyone else should go thru the pain of those little nuts
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They are terrible. I wanted to get another tank and cycle it but what else can I cycle it with ?
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They are terrible. I wanted to get another tank and cycle it but what else can I cycle it with ?
There are far more efficient ways to cycle a tank besides damsels. The favorite methods are the dead shrimp method and dosing pure household ammonia.

Damsels are not as commonly used anymore as much better and less cruel ways to do it.
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Yeah I was told my my lfs to use mollies or damsels to cycle my tank. I thought that was cruel and did the dead shrimp and some live rock. I have one blue damsel and I like him. But that is the only one I will ever have lol
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Old 07-23-2012, 02:37 PM   #7
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Thank you!! I hate using live fish to cycle. I don't like damsels but if I can do it without them I'm all for it!
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