05-17-2009, 04:23 PM
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LFS says buy a "starter fish" to cycle tank. Cruel?
Hey guys, this is my first post and I'm glad to be here!
So after months of planning, my first saltwater tank is up and running (20 gal tall). Right now its only been a week with LR/LS, NO FISH.
I'm not seeing any ammonia at all in my tank (waiting for my cycle), and the LFS guy is telling me to get a clown or damsel as a "starter fish"
I feel like this is kind of cruel as the cycle in a tank can be abrasive.
Should I buy a "starter fish?"
PS. I bought two turbo snails today on a whim ($1 each) and am assimilating them to my tank now, will these guys help the ammonia / cycle start?