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water params, am i ready for a cuc?

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water params, am i ready for a cuc?
Old 11-17-2012, 10:02 AM   #1
 
water params, am i ready for a cuc?

ammonia 0
nitrites 0
nitrates 0
pH 7.8
salinity 1.020
temp 76

14g biocube, removed the bioballs and put a little rubble rock in that chamber. also added another small circulation pump. ls/lr added 11/3. more live rock (with coralline from established tank) added 11/11. there's a small diatom bloom right now. am i ready to add a cuc and if so, what would be my best choice? i'm in no big hurry but if i can add something, i might as well, right? :)

cycling with ls/lr is new to me so i wasn't expecting my water quality to be so good. what's up with that? why am i not seeing ammonia, etc.?

thanks!
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Old 11-17-2012, 10:08 AM   #2
 
Live Rock already has the needed bacteria in it to keep your tank from a cycle. Your SG is alittle on the low side for a CUC. Like to see those numbers up around 1.023 at least. Test your Calcium levels, try to keep them above 380 with Inverts.
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Old 11-17-2012, 10:52 AM   #3
 
thank you again, kind sir. :) i will raise the salinity and check the calcium level. i think i'll stay away from those hermit crabs. they look WAAAY too much like spiders and spiders skeer me! :o
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Old 11-17-2012, 11:37 AM   #4
 
LOL.
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Old 11-18-2012, 05:40 PM   #5
 
ok, 4 astrea snails and i did go ahead and get 6 hermit crabs. they are teeny tiny and not very skeery. yet!

it's fascinating to watch the snails move around on the live rock. they seem to be quite agile going from place to place. i just hope one doesn't fall and land upside down behind the formation i built. that would suck!
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Old 11-18-2012, 07:24 PM   #6
 
They can right themselves, no worries.
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Old 11-18-2012, 09:06 PM   #7
 
cool beans! my sister called today and asked me what i did all day. i told her i got crabs. she was mortified!
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Old 11-18-2012, 09:20 PM   #8
 
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:02 PM   #9
 
i did drip acclimation and took almost 2 hours before i tossed out the water in the bag and put everything into my tank. i notice that 3 of the 4 snails spend most of their time on the glass right up at the top of the water level. is this normal?
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:07 PM   #10
 
Yea, pretty mcuh normal. They'll just be all over the place, and never where you wnat them to be.
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