My new Nano...

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  1. seanoK154

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    Howzit guys...

    I have just acquired my first marine tank, in a boyu tl-450.

    I have kept malawi's successfully for years and have now decided to branch out into marines.

    I set up my tank 3 weeks ago and have been running since then. I added 5kg of live rock about a week ago. The hydrometer and temp readings are both perfect.

    What i would like to know now is: WHEN CAN I ADD LIVESTOCK?

    I have had various suggestions, some saying to wait 3 months , others saying that it is ok to add some invertabrates after 2 weeks...what do i do?

    Some sound advice would be really appreciated.

    I look forward to hearing from you guys.

    Seano.
     
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    Welcome to the merry family :)

    If you have the patience, 6 months is ideal. :p

    You need to let the tank cycle. Basically allowing VERY important bacteria to establish itself.

    Once this cycle has stabilised, you will know this by monitoring your Ammonia levels, you may slowly add livestock. PS: Ammonia needs to be at ZERO for at least two weeks.

    In Nanos you have to be careful to not overstock and /or introduce medium to larger breeds of fish.

    Get the best quality Live Rock you can afford and this will get this cycle going and stabilise it properly and maintain it.

    IMO: The odd snail or hermit can be introduced after 2 weeks.
     
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    Hi Seano! A VERY WARM WELCOME to MASA! Great to have you on-board!

    Keeping a marine tank, is a JOURNEY. The sea, has taken MILLIONS of years to become the way it is now. We are trying to replicate the sea, in our homes.

    So - PLEASE take into account - you require a HUGE amount of PATIENCE in this hobby!

    So - to answer your question - a marine tank (no matter WHAT size) ALWAYS takes anything between 6 and 8 weeks to complete it's cycle.....

    ONLY WHEN the cycle has completed, you can add lifestock.....

    You can TRY and add lifestock before that time, BUT, please take my warning into account - your lifestock will MOST likely end up dying....

    During this time, you NEED to keep on measuring your tank's water, for the following:
    - ammonia
    - nitrites
    - nitrates
    - salinity
    - pH

    These parameters are the MOST important in the beginning. You require test kits to test these parameters.

    Also - w.r.t a NANO tank - please take note that you need to be VERY diligent in water changes (changing at least 10% of the water, once a week, or 20% minimum water change every 2 weeks...)

    Enjoy the journey into marines! It will CHANGE YOUR LIFE!
     
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    Welcome to MASA!!
     
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    welcome and post some pics
     
  8. seanoK154

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    i will post some pics of my tank tomorrow. thanks for your input guys. really much appreciated...

    as a complete beginner, i am basically looking to keep a couple of cleaner shrimp, pair of clowns and a wrasse or two...

    any suggestions/advice?
     
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    jacquesb Retired Moderator

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    That sounds great, Seano.... No problems with that stock list of yours!
     
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    Welcome to Masa
     
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    Singularity Hmmm amper!

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  12. seanoK154

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    sorry for the late reply and lack of pics guys...been crazy with studying.

    my liverock seems to be changing colour and expanding over most of the rock. is this good? will put some pics on tomorrow.

    thanks guys.
     
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    Yer we want pics please
     
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    Welcome to Masa....well said above.Just dont be put off by this process as marines does require more time than malawi`s but looks fantastic and you`ll never look back!! Glad you found this site.Get ready my friend, to learn all there is to know!:thumbup:
     
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    Welcome to MASA, enjoy your stay with us. Please read through my signature for valuable beginner info on how to start a marine tank. Be patient and wait the cycle (4 - 8 weeks) - I know it is a long time, but for the sake of the animals and your wallet, it's worth it.
    Waiting for those pics :wave2:
     
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    hey seano welcome to MASA :)

    great to have you here and even better to hear that you are off cycking already. Are you noticing any life comming out of the LR yet? Any pods or bristle worms, do you know what these things look like? What about zoanthids, anything like that?

    warr has it spot on, although i dont think that wrasses are such a good fish fam to be dropping into a nano (sorry to disagree jacques). Space in a nano is at a premium and you really need to pay close attention to your tank mates. A few shrimps and a few hermies, odd fan worm and a couple of clowns is a nice tank, but you might want to look at fish that are suited to a nano that have intence colouration. The fire goby's, or small sand goby's for example. there is a long list of avaialble stocking options, my advice would be to look at some of the nano tanks on MASA and see what people have achieved and then try emulate that goal tank.

    welcome to masa and happy posting:)
     
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    crispin-yes mate, there is without doubt new life appearing on the LR and seems to be changing colour as well. Is this a good thing?
     
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    Welcome to MASA. They guys have pretty much summed things up so now you just have to be patient and let the tank cycle properly
     
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    probably a good thing....it means stuff is happening and i think thats a good thing....whats happening we will need your help to figure that out :)

    try get a pic of give us some description of the changes ot of the things whizzing around the tank at night and we can try explain what it is :)
     
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