time to stock up??

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  1. Zuv

    Zuv Zuv & Brend's

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    Hi all

    our tank has been running for 11 weeks now all water parameters are ok, live rock is flourishing with life and continues to do so day after day. we have had invertebrates since the 28th june 3 hermit crabs, 2 snails and a peppermint shrimp, on the 3rd july we bought 2 fish a yellow tail blue damsel and a comman clown. the damsel is doing very well and looks very happy unfortunately the clown died but i personely think it was due to stress as the day we bought and introduced him into the tank we had, had a 7 hour outage fom that day he did not eat but the damsel did. i think the damsel survived because it is stronger in nature.

    PH 8.2
    Ammonia 0
    nitrite 0
    nitrate between 0-5
    salanity 1.022
    calcium 480
    alkalinity fine

    so if i can start introducing, what can i for now???
     
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  3. Manic

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    What is you alkalinity?
    With inverts you would wanna keep your salinity at 1.025 as 1.022 is to low for them
     
  4. Annoying

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    Got any pics!
     
  5. Nemos Janitor

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    before you dump all sorts of fancied fish. Add easy corals first. a few mushrooms, sarcophytons(pin cushions), star polyps, button polyps etc. This will allow your filter to develop a little more. Also make sure your algae is under control. I normally add a salauris for this job. But once he has consumed all the algae please feed him his veggies else he will starve.

    Now dont just start adding fish at will, read up and get an idea of what you will like to keep in the environment you have provided for your hosts.

    Please give us an indication of what you invisage and we will help you in your decision.
     
  6. Boendoe

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    Hi Zuv

    Like Nemos said start with some easy corals, and a suggestion post a which list of fish that you want, so that we can assist you with the species that will co-exist and help you to introduce them in the correct order. For example more aggressive and territorial fish must go in last.
     
  7. Sentari

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    Hi Zuv

    I see you stay in weltevreden park. I stay there also! Waiting to get my tank back from the tank maker after it cracked them i'm going to start it up.
     
  8. Zuv

    Zuv Thread Starter Zuv & Brend's

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    Hi sentari

    good to hear someone is in the area. Wow, that must have been quite a thing to deal with! What did you do with live stock and how long have you been in this game for?
     
  9. Zuv

    Zuv Thread Starter Zuv & Brend's

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    Hi Manic, alkalinity is 7 and the salinity reading is actually 1.026 bought a new refractore and did not know it needed to be calibrated. was also a bit concerned cause has always normally been 1.026
     
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  11. Tony

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    Just take it slowly with stocking up. Add a fish every week or so with some seachem stability to boost the bio filter
     
  12. RUAN

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    what it on the back glass panel
     
  13. riyadhessa

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    Zuv...Like the others have mentioned do take it slow in stocking your system with livestock...
    Like Tony has said use Seachem Stability to boost the Bio filter...Ive been using it for two months now and i can see a difference...;)

    What ever you buy, first take a pic or two and post it to ask the guys about what you want to purchase, or do your research on it...

    Oh and what is that on your back glass?
     
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    Zuv Thread Starter Zuv & Brend's

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    its crushed coral.
     
  15. riyadhessa

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    Any chance of a pic of your sump...
     
  16. TurboSnail

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    Guys, just a question from my side... I always was under the impression that once a tank has cycled you add 1 or 2 fish 1st and wait upto 2 or 3 months before adding your 1st corals.

    As a few of your'll may know, I'm, doing research before I setup my 4ft tank. Once My tank has cycled, should I add coral 1st or fish?
     
  17. jacquesb

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    TurboSnail - corals don't release as much bio-load as fish do.... You can indeed add some "easy to keep" and hardy corals - ie. corrallimorph mushrooms, zoanthids, leather soft corals, xenia, etc....

    It was always led to believe that you should add fish first - but, that is not true.
    As long as you have the "other" parts of the formula right - ie. skimmer, lighting, correct water flow..... etc...
     
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