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Old 07-18-2003, 07:03 AM   #1
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How Long before I can add my fish


My nitrites are on they way down, cut in half over night. How long do I need to wait before I can start adding fish? Should I add them all at once or add a few per day? I added some of the clean up crew last night and they are all doing fine. I will add some more today along with another 10 or so pounds of live rock.

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Old 07-18-2003, 07:15 AM   #2
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Finish adding your LR First, have patients. How long has your tank been up? More tank setup info. would also help but usually you add all of you LR and LS then it will start in its cycle. You need to let it mature about 6 weeks to a few months, better 2 months. Test daily and when you get that huge spike it will eventually settle and go down. Then you can add your fish, I'd add the least aggressive first, by smaller size the work your way up and also to the more aggressive types. Just take your time whatever you do, if you rush you will have problems.

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Old 07-18-2003, 07:21 AM   #3
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Well it totally finished the ammonia cycle, and the nitrite cycle which was very high has come down a good bit, I would say cut in half. I cycled the tank with about 50 pounds of what I call dead rock. It was out of the water for 3-4 days. Two days ago when the ammonia started to drop I started adding my good live rock from my 25 gallon. Last night I added some clean up crew with some of my crushed coral. The tank has been running now 3 weeks
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Old 07-18-2003, 07:39 AM   #4
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I don't know the size of your tank and how much rock you will need but if you continue to add LR, you will get more spikes, 3 weeks is short and you probably should wait until you finish ading your rock FIRST. Regardless of your readings, you should wait longer, also what type of test kits are you using? Don't skimp on test kits.
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Old 07-18-2003, 07:42 AM   #5
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72 gallon bow front, ya I was thinking that I should finish adding the rock first!! How much longer would you think I should wait before starting to add the fish? I have a good test kit, can't think on the name, but it gives pretty good readings.
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Old 07-18-2003, 07:53 AM   #6
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Saliflert? They are great test kits. Wow 72 is nice size, please I urge you to wait it out at least 3 more weeks. You will need about 108 to 144lbs of LR to work effectively. Add the rock then once it is in you can test once again and you should be ok to add fish. If you can't afford to add it all now then I would get 25lbs more LR the test then add, you can add more later but in small amounts and make sure it is fully cured LR. I've added a 100 lbs to my 100 gallon tank with fish and corals in it but at a slow pace over a few months but my tank was already a few months old. You need a minimal amount of LR to get the Bio filtration started, also a good skimmer. You could add damsels now but that is backwards way to add fish, they are very territorial, also hardy so they would be the best chance of making it through spikes, which can occur quickly in a new tank, so quick you can miss them when testing.
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Old 07-18-2003, 07:57 AM   #7
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Hehehe!!

All together I have about 100 pounds of live rock! There is about 60-70 in there now and I have another 30 or so pounds in my 25 gallon. I have a excalibur skimmer works really well. Have a look at my post called "update on tank few pics!!!:-))"

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Old 07-18-2003, 08:00 AM   #8
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OK WILL DO! Wate it out a little longer then you should be ok. Don't rush, this is the best part, I want you to suceed.
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Old 07-18-2003, 08:48 AM   #9
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ok, this is what you can do while you wait the 3 more weeks before yu can add fish. get that camera of yours out. and everyday you need to take a pic of the newest critter you see in your LR. i bet you will have plenty to do if you just watch the LR. there are a lot of critters that will start coming out of the LR. don't forget about the algae blooms you are going to get in the next week or two.

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Old 07-18-2003, 11:33 AM   #10
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Another question, when I add my fish, will it also be safe to add my 2 anmones and brain coral, flower pot coral, leather tree coral?
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it would depend on what kind of lighting, for corals, get medal halide, but with yur cycling as of now, i wouldnt get them. but thats my $.02
what kind of lighting do u have now?

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after your tank settles down then you can add them but i'd wait a few weeks for your fish to settle in and help mature the tank some more.
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Another question, when I add my fish, will it also be safe to add my 2 anmones and brain coral, flower pot coral, leather tree coral?
You really should let the tank mature for as long as possible. Corals like a well-established tank. Adding a few fish to the tank will add to the bioload and the tank will have to readjust with each new fish addition. Ideally you should wait about 2 weeks between each fish you add. Get a list together of what fish you like and we can help out with the order in which you should add them. Once the tank has been established for about 12 weeks or so it will be much more stable for adding your corals. If you do it too soon you risk harming them with ammonia or nitrites during the "breaking-in" phase.

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Old 07-18-2003, 02:27 PM   #14
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when adding fish add the least aggressive first and slowly work your way up tp the most aggressive...
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Ok, guys just so you know I will be moving the contents of my 25 gallon into the 72 gallon. Here is a list of whats going to the 72.

1 Big Yellow Tang
2 Perc Clowns
1 Clarki Clown
1 Blue devil
1 Dottieback
1 Dwarf Lion
1 Flame Hawk

1 BTA
1 LTA
1 Green open brain
1 Sun coral
1 flower pot coral
2 hairy leather shrooms
1 sponge
4 Different types of shrooms
3 bunches of button polyps
1 bunch waving xenia
2 Feather dusters
2 Tree leathers
2 Manjano's!!!!
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