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Old 01-26-2014, 02:36 AM   #1
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First fish finally but new question as well

So I have had my FOWLR tank up and running now for about 3and a half weeks in the second week I added 2 turbo snails a scarlet legged hermit crab and a blue legged hermit crab I acclimated all of them and they are doing amazing! Did a water test today my ph is a little low like between 8.0 and 8.1 my ammonia is a little over 0 but not much and 0 for nitrite and nitrates salinity is great as is temperature but my question is what is a generic price for special ordering fish? Like 5 bucks or so? Thanks
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Old 01-26-2014, 03:18 AM   #2
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It depends on the species.
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It's a goby
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Old 01-26-2014, 02:42 PM   #4
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Just my .02 cents: make sure those turbos have something to chow in there, snails need food and your tank is too new for them IMO. I lost 3 trochus snails because I thought I needed them for a clean up crew, no algae though! The hermit crabs I got are fine though
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Old 01-27-2014, 12:57 AM   #5
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Oh u have no idea those snails eat everything no worries though I've bought all my live rock with tons of algae and algae pellets for them so I know what I was getting into when I bought them but overall they are thriving
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If you have any ammonia in the tank at all I wouldn't add a fish. That just means your tank isn't cycled and you are just asking for problems down the line.
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Old 01-27-2014, 01:20 AM   #7
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Ok well still with or without fish being added what is a basic coat for special orders
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Old 01-27-2014, 01:28 AM   #8
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It's impossible to give a basic cost. For me at my LFS, it's whatever deal the owner can get. Having my LFS buy a fish for me generally involves nothing other than me going in and asking for said fish. For you it will probably be different.
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Ok haha the only reason my ammonia levels were a tad high was that I fed the crabs and snails some supplement food and I fell out of the bag quickly so a flight over feeding is what was happening there and I have cleaned the excess food out so I will test it tomorrow and will more than likely have better results
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If a slight overfeeding of inverts is enough to overload your bacterial load then what will adding a fish with even more food and waste requirements do to the tank? You basically have cured uncycled live rock in your tank.
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