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Old 03-19-2011, 11:53 AM   #1
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New SW tank

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First thanks to everyone who posts on this site, the information is great for a keen and excited novice like me!

I am one week into setting up my tank, it's a 96 litre tank with bio & Mach filtration, I have added my live rock substrate and am checking levels as and when. When will be best to add the clean up crew and the two Clown fish, I plan to avoid coral as this is my first tank. One more thing, are artificial coral ok for clowns and where is best to get some?

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Old 03-19-2011, 12:16 PM   #2
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I would say wait on the CUC and Clowns for now, need to make sure the tank is cycled. What are you adding for an ammonia source? If you don't have a source (uncooked shrimp or pure ammonia) then there is no way to say if there is bacteria in the tank to handle the waste from the inhabitants.
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Old 03-19-2011, 12:36 PM   #3
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Thanks, I'll try the raw shrimp, when is best to add this? And from then when is best to add cuc then clowns?

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Old 03-19-2011, 12:41 PM   #4
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Add the shrimp now. Keep it in a net or panty hose or something so that when you have to remove it you don't have to scoop up all the pieces.

Don't add any CUC or clowns until you know the tank is cycled. Do you have liquid test kits? Look for a spike in Ammonia (test every day) and a spike in nitrIte. Once the ammonia hits 0 and the nitrIte hits zero, you should start seeing some nitrAte. At this point you should be able to remove whatever is left of the shrimp. Add in a pinch of flake food or something else and test the next day to make sure there is no ammonia. You should then have a cycled tank and can add your stuff!

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Thanks, I have paper test kits and standard ph liquid kits, I'll get on the raw shrimp straight away. Thanks.
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Old 03-19-2011, 01:19 PM   #6
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I would recommend you get the liquid tests for Amm, Nitrite and Nitrate because the paper strips are not reliable.
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Will do, thanks again for the info.
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Old 03-20-2011, 03:49 PM   #8
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Hi!

Shrimp has been added and i have ordered the liquid kits! - what kind of stable readings should i be looking for in due course?

Temp is holding at 25, that should be ok for rock and the live stock after the cycle is sucsessful?

Cant wait and a big thanks again!
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25c should be good. Some increase up to 26-27c if no live stock (some will even go higher).

What you are looking for first is a spike in ammonia (4-5 ppm is good). Then you are going to look for a spike in nitrIte. Then finally you are going to look for zero ammonia, zero nitrIte and a spike in nitrAte.

After that you should be pretty good for livestock.
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Great, I'll keep you updated if your interested?!
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