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Old 09/19/2007, 04:18 PM   #1
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Cycle timeing and stocking question

Ok I'm kinda stuck with something.....

My tank is on day 10 of cycle, day 2 of brown algae...

in roughly 2.5 weeks the local reef club will be doing a group buy on some Onyx clowns and I would like to get in on this buy... that will put my tank at roughly day 31/32 if everything falls into place. Maybe day 40 if things slide...

Will I be able to get in on the buy or will my tank need more time?

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Old 09/19/2007, 04:20 PM   #2
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I would wait for 3 weeks of zero ammonia before adding any animals at all.


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Old 09/19/2007, 04:24 PM   #3
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Thanks Bertoni, What about QTing the clowns? Could I get away with that and how would I best acomplish that, I have a 10g tank with a HOT filter and heater... Would I just do frequent water changes?


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Old 09/19/2007, 04:28 PM   #4
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I would get the HOT filter going right away. Water changes often aren't enough to keep the ammonia down. Just get some sort of bio-media into the filter. I don't know how long those take to get going, so I don't know whether there's time enough.


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Old 09/19/2007, 04:29 PM   #5
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You could probably get away without QT the clowns...since they are your first fish and have nothing in the tank to infect. If they do get sick then you will need to QT them, and keep you main tank fallow for 6 weeks...to make sure parasites are gone.

But in the meantime you would already be QTing the clowns for those 6 weeks as well.

This is what I did recently as I was in your position a few weeks ago. My clowns are doing great.

This is just my opinion though. Just make sure your tank has no ammonia or any nitrites before adding clowns.

Also make sure you have a cycled QT available if needed for them.

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Old 09/19/2007, 04:32 PM   #6
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I would also keep spare bio media/sponge for your QT in your sump or in your tank in case of an emergency. This way you will have some bacteria on them.


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Old 09/19/2007, 04:37 PM   #7
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Sundiego, Thank you for your input. My inital thought about QTing the clowns was not for infection purposes but to give the main tank time to finish its cycle while still getting in on the timing of the group buy of the clowns. Maybe I can find a local reefer to hold them for me until my tank finishes its cycle.


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Old 09/19/2007, 04:41 PM   #8
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Set up a QT. Buy the fish (put them in the QT) and all should be ready at about the same time.


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Old 09/19/2007, 04:50 PM   #9
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For more details on quarantine, read here:

http://wetwebmedia.com/quaranti.htm


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