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Old 05-25-2013, 01:01 PM   #21
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After the cycle is over how high should they stay? Also, what are we looking at cost-wise?
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Old 05-25-2013, 01:34 PM   #22
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You want to keep nitrates close to zero after the cycle. Add fish slowly so the your BB can keep up as the bio load increases.
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Old 05-25-2013, 02:12 PM   #23
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You want to keep nitrates close to zero after the cycle. Add fish slowly so the your BB can keep up as the bio load increases.
Thank you! I changed my wanted stock list some.

3 bicolor dottybacks
4 blue/green chromis

How does that sound?
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Cost wise for everything? I can't remember if you are going with the 29 or sticking with the 10g?
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Oh if it's the 29g I think you may be pushing it with the stock. Dottybacks are aggressive little fish so not sure if more than one is going to be ok. Chromis are hilarious, I have heard odd numbers work better 3 or 5
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Oh if it's the 29g I think you may be pushing it with the stock. Dottybacks are aggressive little fish so not sure if more than one is going to be ok. Chromis are hilarious, I have heard odd numbers work better 3 or 5
I think I will try the 29 gallon. So the lfs has LR for 2.50/lb.
40 lbs. of crushed coral
Powerheads
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Protein skimmer

Is this all I would need?

Because chromis do better on odd numbers, I will do 3, 1 dotty back and 1 benggai cardinals. Will this work. If not I will get rid of the cardinal.
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I am not a big fan of crushed coral, I like a finer substrate. Do you have test kits yet? And a refractometer? What kind of water are you planning on using?
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The only reason I wanted crushed coral was to raise the ph. I was planning on filling the tank with store bought water and do pwc with tap water. And I don't have any equipment as I am still trying to convince my mom of it. She says it's because of the water bill as it has gone up in recent months (not by much though).
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I highly recommend you don't use tap water, ever. You will only have a world of problems down the track. If you are still planning this set up put a ro-di filter on the top of your shopping list! You won't regret it and its important to start out right
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You asked earlier about cost? Overall I would expect you would pay (assuming you have the tank aready) around $300-$400 for equipment and supplies. Of course you could spend more but this would be a rough minimum...
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