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Discussion in 'Medium Tanks' started by michael10, 23 Jun 2010.

  1. michael10

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    what coral exactly is this?
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    The first coral is a pagoda cup coral. I bet that lion fish wishes he was bigger so he could eat that shrimp :)
     
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    very nice photos.
     
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    Tank looks awesome. The rocky backround almost fits with the lionfish:thumbup:
     
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    thanks guys! the lionfish is so awesome to watch he thinks he runs the tank but almost everythings bigger than him...for now!
     
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    nice looking tank, what else other than the lion do you have in there?

    lovely pogoda cup too, have u had it long?
     
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    out of interest i see theres a little cyano coming in (purple stuff on the rocks) and the sand looks really clean, how long has this tank been running?
     
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    thanks crispin,
    only the two chromis that i used for cycling the tank, the tanks been running for a month now so still relatively new and yhe coral i put in a week ago
     
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    It is cruel to use fish to cycle a tank as the ammonia and nitrite is toxic to them and will burn their gills and they will suffer. Remember to NOT do it again one day when setting up a another tank.
    Your tank is also very young, so don't add any more livestock for a while. Usually it takes 4-6 weeks just to cycle a tank fully with the adequate liverock.
    What other filtration are you running?
     
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    Lionfish is way cool!just beware that ur shrimp will soon become a pricey meal for the lion
     
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    @ tobes the tank ran until nitrate and amonia levels were both reading zero before i put any fish in. i then added them simply because i read to add one or two hardy fish once amonia and nitrate readings were zero to furhter the cycle.
     
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    Aw CUUte!
     
  14. crispin

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    michael to be honest i agree with tobes and full heartedly too. Its possible to ahve a fully cycled system in under 6 weeks, but very very unlikely to be honest, even with the use of test kits. Often the cycles go up and down and take a good while to level off, so having it all done in a three weeks is unlikly IMHO.

    the ethics of using a fish to cycle has been thrashed out on here enough times, personally i view it as unecessary and cruel but thats me.

    id also eco what guys say with regards to the lion and its tank mates at the moment.....one day he's gonna eat them. he just needs to grow a little. Do you recall the old 'chomp add' with a baby hippo not being alowed the chock untill his mouth was too big? say thing here I am afraid so think through your stocking carefully and choose if you want reef fish or preds, regretably the two dont mix well:(

    and that cyna i pointed out to start is a bad (ish) sign. I personally think (having never seen a test result of your water) that you'll find the nitrates are still highish and that your tank is still cycling its last stages. You really want to take stocking slow for the next while and do all you can to help the biological filtration catch up.

    just my views on seeing a few pics of your tank but please do take what i say with thought:)
     
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    yeah, he's just measuring how much bigger his mouth needs to get :p
     
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