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atomaino 10-04-2008 03:16 PM

New tank still cloudy... I added guppies anyway!
I have had my tank cycling for about a week. My filtration is as follows: Flaval 305 (260 gph), sea clone 100, Whisper Power Filter 60 (left over from fresh water). My base gravel is as follows: 50lbs sand (i know, but i want some burrowers), 10lbs crushed coral, 15 lbs living sand.

My water is still kinda cloudy... (has gotten way better). I added 12 guppies anyways (aclimated slowlyish (1 hour)) to aid in cycling. is this safe or are these poor guppies doomed! guy at the pet store said it was just for the crushed coral and the fish should be ok...

willow 10-05-2008 04:06 AM

what tank are you trying to create,
fresh or salt. ?

atomaino 10-05-2008 09:36 PM

This is a saltwater tank... I know guppies can live in a salty enviroment as they naturally spawn in brine deltas. Anyway I have an update: of the 12 guppies i placed into tank, 11 died within 4 hours and the last one died in about 24 hours. My guess is the 1 hour adjustment (slowly swaping out 10% fresh with salt) was too short. anyways, I left the fish bodies in the water to aid in bacteria growth/ aid nitrate cycle.

KarlS 10-06-2008 01:31 AM

I've heard of this , and it is actually true about them being able to live is saltwater. The one commonality though that i was able to find is people took alot longer to aclimate the fish, one guy posted that he did it very slowly over the course of a week! with great results; not sure how he was able to do this though. Another thing that is reported is that younger fish are the way to go when doing this.

Good luck

willow 10-06-2008 03:50 AM

i'm sorry to have requested that this post be moved
to the fresh water section,as i presumed you wanted the guppys
for the fresh water.
i'm not in the lest surprised they died.
perhaps you could cycle your tank with something more

Little-Fizz 10-06-2008 04:59 AM

You could have to use the drip accumulation technique. I forget exactly how to do it but you just get an air line tube or whatever, probably with a valve on it and siphon the water. It then starts to drip and it will slowly adjust the fish to the new water. I agree with willow though, find something more appropriate to cycle your tank.

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