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Old 01-06-2009, 06:25 PM   #1
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New to Marine tanks

I have plenty of experience with freshwater fish, have had them my entore life... had been looking to get started on a salt water tank for quite a while and finally got the chance to!

I have read a few books on the topic, but nothing can take the place of my own experience couple with that of others... hence, my joining here.

New Marine tank... 29 gallons with a power filter as well as a protein skimmer. Set up 12/26/08 with several live rocks and live sand. I started out by adding one clown fish (I have a 2 year old daughter, you can figure that one out) have since added a 2nd Clown, an orange spotted Goby, 2 hermit crabs (blue legged) and two peppermint shrimp. Water is testing out perfectly at this point, no issues to report.
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Hey there,

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Not to scare you or anything, but if you just setup your tank 12/26/08 and you already have that livestock, I think you tank is not fully cycled yet to have that many. It needs at least about 2 weeks to cycle. You should read the article below.

http://www.aquariumadvice.com/articles/articles/3/1/Cycle-your-salt-tank/Page1.html
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wow.....super fast to be adding all of that!!! lol...i agree with the other post.
yikes! good luck! welcome
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look into maybe adding Cycle. will help get nitrifying bacteria up. there are alot of other products out there too
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Old 01-12-2009, 05:44 PM   #10
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Thanks all.

No worries, I knew I was breaking rules adding fish early, but I wanted to experiment. It has really been working out perfectly. Everything appears to be healthy and acting normal. I have since added another live rock that has a cluster of green star polyps which are pretty cool. i'm really looking forward to adding some additional starter coral. I am so hooked on this!
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