12-02-2009, 10:29 AM
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Originally Posted by NC Frank
I will be gone from Monday until the 23rd. I have a friend coming over to take care of my discus and top off this tank.
Question... do I need to do anything as far as adding livestock to this tank? If I start seeing coraline algae before I go do I add a couple of CUC members or a small fish or something? If the tank is ready for livestock will having none in there (outside of a single hitchhiker blue hermit crab) cause a negative effect (like leaving a cycled freshwater tank empty which will kill off the beneficial bacteria)?
You will be fine leaving that tank as is. It already had life in it, all the beneficial bacteria in the Live Rock and Sand, and also some microfauna that came on the Rock and Sand. Being away for a couple weeks will help you leave the tank alone and not be tempted by an empty tank.