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mikedawg8898
02/23/2017, 12:47 PM
So my tank just finished it's cycle after 2 months so I got a Gsp coral and a convict tang, but the tang died after 24hrs due to it being almost paper thin (got it for 10$) so I removed him and just have the coral, my question is, since i don't have a fish, can my bacteria colony that i built up sustain itself or do I have to ghost feed the tank again until I get another fish? Obviously I have to feed the coral phytoplankton but will my bacteria sustain itself

JZinCO
02/23/2017, 12:59 PM
Mike,
here are what others have said:
http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2181501
http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2531684
http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2191398
http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1207452
http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1226351

There are many more: https://www.google.com/#q=coral+only+site:www.reefcentral.com

StrikerKratos
02/23/2017, 01:09 PM
I have a large coral only growout/frag system and I feed, a lot. Also skim heavy.


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CeresReef
02/24/2017, 09:21 AM
mikedawg, how long were you planning on keeping no fish and just the one coral? maybe just see if you can return it while you wait to get a fish, instead of having to feed just a coral.

mikedawg8898
02/24/2017, 10:03 AM
mikedawg, how long were you planning on keeping no fish and just the one coral? maybe just see if you can return it while you wait to get a fish, instead of having to feed just a coral.

Only Until Tuesday when I can get a Juvenile Yellow Tang or a pair of clownfish

devastator007
02/24/2017, 10:16 AM
I'd ghost feed just a little bit, but the bacteria should be fine either way. The coral may benefit from the small amount of nutrients.

mikedawg8898
02/24/2017, 10:18 AM
So like a small piece of cut shrimp? Or phytoplankton? I used the shrimp method to cycle the tank

mikedawg8898
02/24/2017, 10:19 AM
I'd ghost feed just a little bit, but the bacteria should be fine either way. The coral may benefit from the small amount of nutrients.

ADVRESOURCE
02/24/2017, 11:17 AM
GSP is very hardy. You can probably keep without fish for a while. To help with your cycle, you may want to look into Probidio products. There's beneficial bacteria along with food. Feed the coral!

dutch27
02/24/2017, 02:21 PM
Your bacteria will adjust to the demands of the tank. A little ghost feeding may keep the count up, but a new fish will produce more waste and the bacteria will need to expand in population. Bottom line, you'll be fine, just don't drop a ton of fish in at once. Add 1-2 fish, give the tank a couple weeks to stabilize, then add a couple more. Rinse and repeat until fully stocked. I had a tank where I went 4-5 months with only coral and no feeding, the tank was fine, and didn't do anything funny when I added a pair of clowns.

mikedawg8898
02/24/2017, 04:40 PM
Your bacteria will adjust to the demands of the tank. A little ghost feeding may keep the count up, but a new fish will produce more waste and the bacteria will need to expand in population. Bottom line, you'll be fine, just don't drop a ton of fish in at once. Add 1-2 fish, give the tank a couple weeks to stabilize, then add a couple more. Rinse and repeat until fully stocked. I had a tank where I went 4-5 months with only coral and no feeding, the tank was fine, and didn't do anything funny when I added a pair of clowns.

Gotcha, I'll definitely go slow adding new additions to the tank, I'm most likely just going to add a yellow tang and leave it be for atleast a month or two. Glad to know everything will be ok, as I said, all that is in the tank is that one frag of gsp, and so far he's doing pretty good, always opens nicely

Cajunreefer87
03/02/2017, 08:03 AM
GSP will be fine. Especially if you only plan it being short term until you reintroduce fish.