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05-20-2013, 09:17 PM #1Junior Member Guppy
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Cycling saltwater tips? Fish and invertebrates?
I started a saltwater tank. It has 2 baby ocellaris clown fish. It's a 5.5 gallon aquarium. 50 LEDS made by marine land with 3 lights. 3.5 pounds of live rock and 2 pounds of base rock. I used live sand and pre made water and have two filters. One filter with bioballs and one filter filled with foam. Salinity about 1.023, I need to know when should I add a clean up crew?(crabs shrimps snails) and when should I add corals and sponges and such forth. Any tips guys?
05-20-2013, 09:25 PM #2
In short, you add your CUC when you have something for them to clean up
But I am afraid that a 5.5 gallon tank is not even close to being big enough for 2 clown fish. They need a tank of around 29 gallons (minimum). I would suggest rehoming them soon
It also sounds like you did not cycle your tank before adding the clown fish. If this is the case, I would take those fish back to the store today. You cannot really take the same approach to cycling a marine tank like you do a freshwater tank even tho there are many similarities. The below link can help you a little.
http://www.reefaquarium.com/2013/10-...nner-mistakes/If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
"Not using a quarantine tank is like playing Russian roulette. Nobody wins the game, some people just get to play longer than others." - Anthony Calfo
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05-20-2013, 10:42 PM #3
Ditto what Cliff said. You really shouldn't be adding any stock until you have good water parameters - have you done any testing of your water? If you have live rock, thats good, but even live rock will cause a bit of an ammonia spike when starting up a new tank. Clowns are pretty tough, but cycling with fish isn't very good in a saltwater tank, where generally you cannot do enough large water changes to keep your fish alive while the BB build up.
You won't find any fans of bio-balls here...unless you keep on top of them all they do after a while is become a nitrate bank.
Generally folks add a clean up crew first before any fish. You add snails when you see algae, you add hermit crabs (if you want them, some don't like crabs in a reef tank) when you get diatoms and you add shrimp when you are reading to start feeding your tank. Then fish. Then, when your water is perfect and if your lighting can handle them, you add corals. There's lots of reading to do when starting up a saltwater tank, and double that if you want to keep corals.
Good luck with your new tank!
05-21-2013, 12:17 AM #4Junior Member Guppy
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Thanks :) I do have a 29 gallon biocube in another room that they can go to. And I'll try some snails in a few weeks then :) any recomendations for 5.5 gallon fish? Gobies maybe?