cycling a tank ...adding live brine shrimp

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  1. Zandy

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    Just thinking here. ..While a tank is cycling. .will it be beneficial to sdd live brine shrimp and feed them to help the process on??? Then once completed the shrimp will become food for fish added. ..thoughts on this???
     
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  3. shan

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    Will the cycle not be too harsh for them? The more die, the longer your cycle, but then again, you would have built up enough bacteria by the end to enable quicker stocking of the tank
     
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    Planning on addinv prodibio and special blend. .
     
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    adding brine wouldnt help the process much at all, and will most likley die before they become fish food im afraid.


    Adding copepods and amphipods on the other hand would be greatly to your advantage as they are prolific algae eaters and will help keep the algae growth in check and be a sustainable food population for many fish later on. but you need to cycle longer so that the populations can establush well enough to be sustainable
     
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    thats a great idea and helps your bacterial populations lots:)
     
  7. Zandy

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    Ok so if I wrre to breed copepods seperate in large numbers that will be very beneficial for the tank yhen...
     
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    Jip, go for Special Blend! Fantastic product.
     
  9. crispin

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    absolutley.....but thats nothing new...its one of the main thought processes behind having a propper refugium....its also the reason i like to cycle my tanks long and slow
     
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    Not really, very large number of pods will mean they will turn on themselves and I have read that they can turn on your corals for a food source. Not sure about that though.
     
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    im very scepticle of either of those to be honest. do you have any links about pods turning on themselves by any chance?
     
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    Let me look
     
  13. Zandy

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    @shan ...I don't think it will be a problem as I need to movr my Mandarin into the tank anyway...he will control them and by that time the live rock in my sump would be their new hiding place with some cheato...so not too worried about population growth
     
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    please let the population establish and expand long before you add a predatory fish like that into the system......a mandarin is a brilliant fish to have and havcinga population that can sustain itself against the predation from a fish like that is greatly to your and the fishes advatage....
     
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  15. shan

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    K, found the source:

    Amphipods eating coral - Reef Central Online Community
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    From Advanced Aquarist.....
    Copepods, amphipods, isopods, ostracods:

    Certain species are parasitic and predatory. Some may form galls in coral tissue and may or may not be true parasites like the gall crabs. Many are merely commensal, living on coral mucus and associated flora and fauna. As such, they may be performing a cleaning function.

    Hyperia galba amphipod predatory to coral tissue

    Paramphiascopsis sp. parasitizes from a pocket formed in the tissue of gorgonians

    Paramolgus antillianus associated with Ricordea florida

    Acontiophorus bracatus ectoparasite of gorgonians, Leptogorgia, Eunicella and Paraerythropodium spp.

    Asteropontius corallophilus parasite of Pocillopora, Montipora, Stylophora and Porites spp.

    Asteropontius longipalpus associated with Ricordea florida

    Asterocheres scutatus parasite of Rhodactis rhodostoma

    Lichomologus spp. 6 species parasitic to octocorals, 3 species to fungiids, 7species to octocorals and stony corals, 5 species withPalythoa spp., 2 species with Rhodactis spp., 2 species with Psammocora spp. , 10 species to stony corals.

    Acanthomolgus spp. 4 species parasitic to Atlantic gorgonians, often species specific

    Psuedanthessiids spp. true parasites for all species in this genus

    Rynchomolgids spp. true parasites for all species in this genus

    Notodelphyids spp. some true parasites of octocorals, Paraerythropodium sp.

    Xarfia spp. copepods with worm-like bodies and reduced legs that are parasitic and live inside coral polyps.
     
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    Just remember that I have never seen this myself, but just what I read.

    I need some pods though, with my cooking process, I killed off everything, even those small brittle stars. Now my tank has nothing but lots of bacteria from special blend, prodibio and even some stability.
     
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    thanks for that link
     
  18. Zandy

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    Ok question 2....I have plenty bristleworm from my other disease free tanks...so could I drop a couple invthere as well just to eat and uneaten food as I plan to feed the tank as wel ???
     
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    Why don't you just add mollies? The will survive the cycle, eat your algae, give free live food when the give birth, are cheap, look good, ...

    Just put them in after the first week of the cycle. Basically after the second dose of special blend if you are following the instructions
     
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    my Nano is loaded with them bristle worms high effective CUC they just freak me out (fear of being stung), and i dont have any hermit or shop bought snails (like for me all thye hitch hikers i got were good) also have a pod explosion so much so the my cardinals dont eat the prepared food them were feed with in the shop they just hunt pods and various critters.
     
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    Good idea. Can do that. Maybe even better to bring one og the rocks that lies on the substrate in old tank over as is. But take note, you need to acclimatize that rock. No point in tryning to get the critters inside the rock over to the new tank and you just drop the rock into the new tank

    No.
    Should Mollies be used to cycle a tank - Marine Aquariums South Africa
     
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