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Old 09-08-2011, 03:31 PM   #1
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My first salrwater fish tank

Hi everybody my name is Brian I'm new to salt water fish tank I started my fish tank last week with the crushed coral salt water mixture and everything's been running for a week now I'm playing the waiting game before I add fish taking everything slowly any advice would be much appreciated
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Old 09-08-2011, 03:41 PM   #2
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Here's a great link since you just started and you will want to cycle your tank

Cycle your salt tank

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Welcome to the forum! Be sure to check out the link above
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Please don't forget about the toxins in some corals (like zoas and palythoas)
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Thanks I'll do that
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Old 09-09-2011, 02:49 AM   #5
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Did you do something to start a cycle?
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Did you do something to start a cycle?
Not yet I just found out I need to put in a shrimp in my tank it's 40 gal will two shrimp do and I need to get some live rock
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Not yet I just found out I need to put in a shrimp in my tank it's 40 gal will two shrimp do and I need to get some live rock
I would think one shrimp will be enough to get you started. It's just going in to get some food for the beneficial bacteria you want to grow. I don't think you'll gain any benefit (and it might actually smell worse) from doubling up.
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You ideally want to get your ammonia level up to 4ppm. And be able to sustain that while the cycle progresses. I use pure ammonia, no stink and you can dose right to where you want it. You may have to add additional shrimp as time goes on though. Good trick, put the shrimp in a panythose foot, a brand new one, or a womans knee high stocking so removal of the decomposed shrimp is easier.
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You ideally want to get your ammonia level up to 4ppm. And be able to sustain that while the cycle progresses. I use pure ammonia, no stink and you can dose right to where you want it. You may have to add additional shrimp as time goes on though. Good trick, put the shrimp in a panythose foot, a brand new one, or a womans knee high stocking so removal of the decomposed shrimp is easier.
Should I keep the filter and heater on why it's cycling
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Yep for sure. you want the filter to also have the beneficial bacteria in it. More bacteria the better.
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