06-07-2011, 03:38 AM
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SLOW DOWN! not shouting at you but this is important so i stress slow it down. you are probably going to have serious probles with ammonia and nitrites as the tank cycles. start testing for ammonia and if it starts to climb, remove all the livestock and ask the lfs to hold them while your tank cycles. the lfs will probably try to sell you all kinds of stuff to combat this process and at least with my experience it's best to let it occur naturally otherwise you';; end up spending big $ and still lose livestock. it usually takes a least a month for this to happen. most livestock will die if that happens and if you add too much fish at one time the biological filter will not be sufficient to react to the new load you're putting on it. the first mistake a newbie makes is to move too fast, the second is over feeding. just some friendly advice.
for reference this is what happens in a newly set up tank and the cycling process. ammonia and nitrite needs to go to zero or death will occur to most live stock.
Last edited by reefsahoy; 06-07-2011 at 03:50 AM..