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Old 05-02-2011, 02:55 PM   #11
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Do keep in mind that a 6 g is very very tiny. If the chromis make it past the cycle (doubtful), they will need to go. Look into interesting shrimp like the fire shrimp. Royal gramma is not recommended for this size tank.
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Old 05-02-2011, 03:11 PM   #12
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Ok thanks. And the chromis need to go sooner than later eh? I was told it was do-able but apparently not. Yikes. And how long is this first cycle we are doing?
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Old 05-02-2011, 03:33 PM   #13
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It depends. Keep testing. A fishless cycle is best but too late for that. Once ur tests start to come in normal( 3 weeks maybe?) you can slowly offload the chromis and add either a shrimp or goby.
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Old 05-02-2011, 03:40 PM   #14
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Ok. That's great. The tank has been cyclic for 2 weeks without fish and 1 week with. I will have my boyfriend test again in a couple of days. The water was perfect on Sunday so fingers crossed. Can you give me a guideline for levels? I am sure my f knows but I want to make a solid note so we both know. Thanks
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Old 05-02-2011, 03:45 PM   #15
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Basic levels are -
Ammonia 0
Nitries 0
Nitrates close to nil
Calcium 400
Ph 8.2
Sg 1.023
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Old 05-02-2011, 05:29 PM   #16
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if your tank had no ammonia source for those first 2 weeks then it was not cycling. you need to add a source of ammonia to start a cycle. if you've had fish in there for one week, the cycle could take anywhere from 3-6 more weeks to finish. it usually takes longer with fish because you have to do daily (sometimes twice daily) PWC's to keep levels safe for your fish. don't let ammonia go above .25ppm (or it will start to burn their gills and cause permanent damage--left unchecked too long and they will die) or nitrite go above .5ppm or so (it will poison their blood and also cause permanent damage if not death) and nitrates should be under 40ppm (you will not see nitrate until near the end of the cycle).


EDIT: ok, just realized you have salt water. not sure if the same levels apply (i think nitrate is the only thing that will be different). sorry bout that.
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Thanks for your input and concerns. We have a CUC and 2 fish in the tank with perfect levels. I believe FW and SW differ...my bf and I picked up a couple amazing books tonight and have other AA member's target level guidelines as well...and! The tank is good.
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