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tomgray 02-27-2007 03:32 PM

starting up a new tank
okay i have a 120 gallon tank with a 55 gallon sump and all th goodies to go with it....i am not sure about the salinity though....what should it be at....i have been told 1.027 and i have been told 1.021 can i have some suggestions and also how long would i have to wait to put damsels or mollies in...i want them to help the cycling process and help me to perfect my fish care taking qualities thanks guys and girls

Melissa 02-27-2007 03:42 PM

a nice good number is 1.023.

tomgray 02-27-2007 03:52 PM

okay thanks alot.......but how long should i wait till i put a fish like a damsel in?

Melissa 02-27-2007 04:03 PM

well you couls wait a few days, and put a fish in like a damsel. it will start your cycle.

tomgray 02-27-2007 04:08 PM

thanks alot everyone

caferacermike 02-27-2007 05:13 PM

Decide if you really want a damsel. A lot of people are unfamiliar with the fact that when you add one by themselves to the tank for a few weeks to cycle the tank, they think it's theirs and theirs alone. They'll try to kill any new fish. Trying to get a damsel out of a tank with rock is almost futile. A damsel is not necessary to cycle a tank.

musho3210 02-27-2007 05:16 PM

do a fishless or live rock cycle if you arent doing a species only tank with damsels. If you really want them you should add them last with other aggressive fish to prevent violence.

Trigger200 02-27-2007 06:52 PM

55g sump :shock: How about some pics?

tomgray 02-27-2007 07:22 PM

i am not quite sure how to put pictures on this site so if anyone could run me through the process i would be glad to put some picutres up and i am open for any suggestions and unfortunately i have already put the damsels in the tank i am sometimes impatient which is a horrible attribute for saltwater tanks i here lol o well i will put up some pictures though

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