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Discussion in 'Marine Fish Discussions' started by mojo, 3 Dec 2008.

  1. mojo

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    hi everyone,
    Just very new at this. Got ny first marine tank setup and running 7 days ago.
    Lost two fish but need to know best places to get fish.
     
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  3. scubaninja

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    hi mojo, having set up a tank seven days ago its too soon to start adding fish. Do you know about the nitrogen cycle in our tanks? when you start up a tank this cycle starts where stuff that has died in our rocks etc decays and nitrates, nitrites and phosphates increase to dangerous levels which explains why your fish are dying. You need to let this cycle finish and then add fish. the cycle lasts from anything up to 2-3 months! do you have any test kits? Tell us more about your tanks dimensions, what hardware you are running. Do you have a sump?
     
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    oh and by the way welcometomasa
     
  5. Mike

    Mike Retired Moderator

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    Hi Mojo, lets slow down a bit there fella, a marine tank takes over a month to settle at the bare minimum, how about you tell us what you have set up and what you are using, i.e. live rock? natural sea water or R/O water and salt mix? tank size? sump? skimmer - size and type?

    Anything you can tell us to help you enjoy the hobby, rather than watching your fish die.
     
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    Hi, Welcome to MASA

    1stly, You shouldn't have any fish in the system yet, they will probably die!

    The tank need to go through a cycle call the "nitrofication cycle" first! it takes about 4 weeks!

    Your LPS (Local Pet Shop) should've informed you about this!

    How big is the system and what other fish do you have in there? DON'T ADD ANYMORE!!!
     
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    Hi welcome....
     
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    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    Ammonia, not phosphates. :)

    Welcome to the forum mojo, as the guys have said, in a marine tank you need to wait out the nitrogen cycle which can take from 4 to 6 weeks, during that time no livestock must be added to the water as the water will be toxic and the livestock will die.

    Show us some pics if you've got any.
     
  9. scubaninja

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    typo?:whistling:
     
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    Good advice given here mojo. You shouldn't add any more fish to your system untill all your paramaters are sorted! Welcome to MASA!!
     
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    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    welcome bud.. we are here to assist nd are passionate about helping fellow reefers in need.. you will be well looked after here..
     
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    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    A very WARM WELCOME to MASA Mojo! Glad that you found us. VERY sorry that you did NOT find us BEFORE you started out. But, that's how life sometimes goes....

    Firstly - at MASA we have Many reefers with a LOT of decent experience in keeping marines.....
    Secondly - we have NOTHING to gain by giving you ANY advice, except in our status as conservationists, and in our shared love for marine fish and everything else that comes from the sea :)
    Thirdly - PLEASE BE PATIENT - as this hobby is ALL ABOUT PATIENCE!
    Fourthly - Please note that you should ALWAYS double check ANYTHING or ANY advice that your Local Fish Shop (LFS) gives you, here on the forum with us - as we have unfortunately found that many people working at the LFS sound knowledgeable, but that they lack the complete detailed knowledge, and might just give you advice that you cost you dearly (like what might have happened here).

    Other than that - good luck with your journey into keeping marines. Please don't be discouraged, as this is a VERY rewarding hobby, and a complete lifestyle!

    Please ask as MANY questions as possible in order for you to become a VERY successful reefer.

    Also - have a read through the other "New Members" threads. You are bound to find some very interesting information.

    Good luck mate!
     
  13. mojo

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    ok patience is the name of the game

    Specs
    1.5m x .5m x.5m (roughly 420litres)
    10kg of live rock with some plants.
    2000l filter
    water- ready salted water taken from a pet shop tanks.

    Fish
    2 x clowns osc
    2 x cardinals (red eye)
    2 x chromis
    1 x cleaner Wrasse (lost this One)

    Lighting 2 x T5
    1 x uv bLUe

    Protein schemer and second external filter to be put in on Monday

    Thats the story

    where to from here
     
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    dude do you mean corals or macro algae?!?! :lol:
     
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    when you say 2000L filter. what do you mean? why are you adding a second external filter? is this one of those filters you get for fresh water tanks or do you mean a skimmer me some type?
     
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    Alan Admin MASA Contributor

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    Hey mojo, welcome to MASA, gr8 to have you on board. Sounds like you moving a bit to quickly. You cant rush mother nature here, your bacteria colonies are not established enough for fish.
    Slow down abit, you will reap the rewards in the long run.
     
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    Welcome Mojo.:)
     
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