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Old 02-13-2011, 01:14 PM   #11
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I prefer cycling with raw shrimp bc it doesn't expose to fish to high ammonia levels. I also like using LR and LS for cycling. I know that some believe LS is a waste of $; all sand becomes live over time. The LS packaging says you can add fish right away but I always checked the levels first. I do believe the LS quickens the cycle. Having said that I will also say that patience is a key to a successful tank. The bioload of the fish may take a while for the bacteria to be able to handle/catch up to it. You'll find many opinions on here; that's a good thing.
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Old 02-15-2011, 01:26 PM   #12
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Thanks for all the comments, this is what I have in mind so far. I was going to set up the tank with live sand and live rock, then let the tank settle for a few weeks, I was going to keep a log every couple days to see when the levels were settled. I was then gonna add the shrimp as suggested earlier and see how that effects the tank, once everything looked ok with the levels I then wanted to add a diamond goby and the clown fish. Not up to looking into if they should be added at the same time or I should add a particular one first? Also have a little bit more to understand around the set up and timings for cycling each part, or whether I can just put the sand, LR and shrimp all in at once and cycle from there? Does this seem to be the right track so far?

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I simply stated what I did with my personal Setup,damsels are very inexpensive and they are great to cycle your tank.. I guess it does depend on what type of setup you're going for but since I have an aggressive community tank they worked perfectly and all four lived for over a year in the tank until the larger predators ate them LOL... To each his own just was stating if he would rather have actual FISH swimming around rather than shrimp then there was an option.. I thought that's what this site was for.. To help other ppl with your own experience not to bash what others do. I have helped over 10 of my friends setup new tanks over the last 5 yrs or so and damsels were always used effectively to cycle the tank. Maybe YOU don't usually do that but as others have said there's more than one way to Do something.
I def don't want the fish to eat each other, would like to have a nice friendly community, Lol. Although did get over excited at one point and considered a ray also love the black and white lions but will stick with the clowns and a goby for now ha ha.
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Old 02-16-2011, 09:22 AM   #14
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I simply stated what I did with my personal Setup,damsels are very inexpensive and they are great to cycle your tank.. I guess it does depend on what type of setup you're going for but since I have an aggressive community tank they worked perfectly and all four lived for over a year in the tank until the larger predators ate them LOL... To each his own just was stating if he would rather have actual FISH swimming around rather than shrimp then there was an option.. I thought that's what this site was for.. To help other ppl with your own experience not to bash what others do. I have helped over 10 of my friends setup new tanks over the last 5 yrs or so and damsels were always used effectively to cycle the tank. Maybe YOU don't usually do that but as others have said there's more than one way to Do something.
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