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kimowen04 07-06-2009 01:54 PM

acclimating new fish
 
how do u add new fish to ur aquarium. i have a crab im trying to introduce and im cycling my tank

onefish2fish 07-06-2009 02:20 PM

to start i wait until the tank is cycled. inverts are very sensitive esp.

can you please share more about your setup?

kimowen04 07-07-2009 09:13 AM

i have a 10 gal FOWLR ive ran since july3 and added bacteria to it the 5th. i have a DIY sump with carbon and 2 dish scrubbers and im making a protien skimmer. i have a HOBF thats simply made for the 10 gal and a heater with the reg fl bulb. i have 20 lbs of live sand too. i put a crab in yesterday the 6th. how long till u think it cycles? i have 10 lbs of old rock and then 3-4 lbs of new live rock with some alge on it.

wake49 07-07-2009 09:51 AM

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Originally Posted by kimowen04 (Post 212736)
i have a 10 gal FOWLR

Small Tank. Fish options are limited to having a small species. Maybe a Yasha Goby and Pistol Shrimp pair.

I wouldn't add much more than that, besides a few crabs and/or snails.

onefish2fish 07-07-2009 11:14 AM

the tank doesnt sound cycled to me as its only a few days old. patience is key as there is no way to rush getting an established aquarium.


to answer your question, your going to want to drip acclimate.

kimowen04 07-07-2009 12:46 PM

ya im cycleing it now jsut started the tank the 3rd and then added bacteria the 5th and ten the 6th got a hermit crab and then today added a little fish food(july7). my sump also is holding prob. . .5 more gal. how long till the tank cycles . . about?

onefish2fish 07-08-2009 02:13 AM

about a month or so, you'll see a diatom bloom which usually indicates its about time to start adding a few snails for your clean up crew. this does NOT mean your tank is mature. creating a mature enviroment takes many months if not years.

what do you mean you added bacteria?

kimowen04 07-08-2009 09:49 PM

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Originally Posted by onefish2fish (Post 212973)
about a month or so, you'll see a diatom bloom which usually indicates its about time to start adding a few snails for your clean up crew. this does NOT mean your tank is mature. creating a mature enviroment takes many months if not years.

what do you mean you added bacteria?


i have a bottle i bought a while back to help establish new tanks it has bacteria in it and i added that.


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