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  1. #1

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    Red face Cycle done, now how many fish to start with?


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    I've been cycling with shrimp. The cycle's finally done (0 ammonia, 0 nitrite). Any idea how to tell how many fish I can put in at once? The piece of shrimp I have in there is a decent size (maybe 1.5 inches long), and very ripe. What kind of ammonia load is that putting off compared to living fish?

    I don't want to overdo it and start a mini cycle, but I have a feeling that if I get just a couple to start with, they won't put out enough to keep the bacteria I have now fed. That's not the end of the world, but if I could start them out with a few more tankmates, I'd rather do that.

    Thanks for any ideas.

    PS This is a 50 Gallon tank.

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    Well what did you plan to stock the tank with?

    Its best to do maybe 1-3 fish first, wait a week or so then add more.

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    Its best to start with the hardiest fish in your stocking plan and add them a few at a time, 2 weeks apart. If they are considerably large fish start with just one instead of a few.

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    What fish r u planning on adding? Id start with hardy bottom feeders first. I always add a pleco as first fish to a newly cycled tank.

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    I was thinking about b.rainbows, tiger barbs and otos. I thought the otos would be best to add last because then there would have been time for food to build up for them.

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    Ye rainbows r lovely fish, make sure ya get around 5-7 min tiger barbs... spread out aggression...

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