11-17-2008, 08:27 PM
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Sounds like you're off to a good start! One question, is your live rock already cured? Or are you curing it in your tank?
I am a proponent of the "fishless cycle" as even with damsels it puts stress on them which ultimately is not necessary... If you purchased your rock pre-cured, that I would suggest waiting a week or so (and I would even run your lights for 12 hrs/day) and then adding in some hermit crabs (not too many, and not fancy ones, just regular hermits). The hermits will be happy to narsh all the newly grown algae, as well as any die-off on the LR. Hermits seem to be very hardy, I started off with 12 and I still have 12 almost 3 months later. At this time I would also suggest that you add in a few lbs of "premium" cured live rock if any of your Local shops sell it.. You only need a few lbs but it will really get things going! I noticed that my coraline algae spread faster once I added in some live rock with healthy growth on it.
If your LR isn't pre-cured, then maybe wait a week or 2 more and then do the same thing... As for the fish... People have had success curing with Damsels (and they can get quite aggressive), but I've never heard of cycling with a triggerfish... Personally I would not do it... Triggers can be quite expensive and from what I understand they are mostly caught in the ocean, which makes them already stressed and prone to disease/death even without the added stress of cycling a tank... If you must use fish I would think that tank raised fish would by far be the best.
In my case I set up the tank with the pre-cured stuff and live sand. In a week I added a dozen hermits (in a 29 gal) and a piece of premium rock with a ton of coraline. The coraline spread rapidly and 3 weeks later I started adding fish!
Last edited by ajmckay; 11-17-2008 at 08:31 PM..