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Joined: 05 Feb 2003
Location: AZ

PostPosted: 2004.01.21(Wed)15:17    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you have no patience, I'm sorry, but SW fishkeeping is NOT for you.

As said above, fishless cycling is the best way to go for saltwater.

Saltwater is much more advanced to the average keeper than freshwater; you must do your research, as you would for any freshwater fish, but twice as much and as frequently. Freshwater fish have usually been bred in captivity long enough that they can tolerate nitrate presence in the water; saltwater fish do not have this advantage in captivity, there simply has not been enough time out of the ocean for most, if not all, species.

As you said, you don't want to "hurt or kill" fish, which is what cycling will do, freshwater or not. Do yourself a favor, and READ several books before you decide on your stock. And do your fish a favor and get some patience. Their lives depend on it.
But if you tame me, then we shall need each other....You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.
~Antoine de Saint-Exupery
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Joined: 07 Feb 2003

PostPosted: 2004.01.21(Wed)20:20    Post subject: Reply with quote

One thing you need to learn is to have patience with a salt tank if you hurry it at all chances are someting will go wrong. Most damsels will survive but thats about the only fish. Clowns are not even as hardy with the cycle. Its hard to look at an empty tank for a month or so but in the long run its worth it.

Since your the impatient type look at this it may help you wait it out
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Joined: 29 Dec 2003
Location: London

PostPosted: 2004.01.22(Thu)12:22    Post subject: Reply with quote

fine, I'm sorry, point taken, people here do not like fish to be used for cycling. I think I'll just read up on it some more before I decide what to do for definate and until then thanks for all the people who have helped.
I was wondering why the frisbee got bigger as it got closer
and then it hit me!
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