Can I get fish yet?

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  1. matt_rodgers

    matt_rodgers

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    Hi everyone

    I just wanted some opinions as to whether my tank is ready for fish yet.

    I bought the tank (300 litres) about month ago with live sand and DSB, it had been running for about 5 months then.

    Since I have had it it has been cycling with live rock for 4 weeks. There was a huge brown algae bloom a couple weeks ago which is finally starting to go away now slowly.

    The parameters are:

    NO3 - 10
    NO2 - 0
    Ca - 500
    KH - 6
    pH - 8.2

    I want to start with a couple clowns and a peppermint shrimp, would it be alright to get these now?

    Any advice would be appreciated! :)

    Thanks!
     
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  3. viper357

    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    If you have seen your Nitrite and Ammonia levels rise and fall and they are both now 0 then yes it will be safe for you to start stocking, do it slowly though as your bacteria and filtration media need time to adjust to the new bioload when you put in new livestock, you can put in your 2 clowns but then wait 2 weeks before putting anything else in, this allows time for the tank to adjust to the added bioload.
     
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    Alan Admin MASA Contributor

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    If your Ammonia readings are 0 then i would say go for it slowly, i wouldn't add a shrimp in the beginning. Start with the clowns and then the shrimp in about a weeks time as they are very sensitive to water conditions.
     
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    matt_rodgers Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the advice :)

    Got 2 Green Chromis last weekend and they are doing great.

    Now I've booked 2 small clowns and a peppermint shrimp to fetch next weekend :thumbup:
     
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    i would say take it really slow when adding fish. MAke sure the bacteria has caught up :) .. Remember things go south really quick
     
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    Thanks, i definitely agree! The tank has been running for a long time and im monitoring the water conditions regulary.

    After these 2 clowns I'm not planning on getting any more fish for at least a month while the system has had time to adjust.

    I've been told though that an extra 2 small clowns in this size tank at this stage shouldnt be a problem :)
     
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    300L and 4 small fish. should not be a problem.
     
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