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    Quote Originally Posted by jstj0sh View Post
    Hey guys, a lot has happen since I've posted and I plan on making a build/progress thread soon, but right now I'm having a problem with Asteria starfish and I'm seeing a few Amphipods. Is it time for me to introduce a CUC? And do I need a Harlequin shrimp to take care of the starfish?
    ok so if there only a few of those stars just picked them out. As far as livestock and cuc have u done ur first water change yet? What were ur parameters at? I believe u started this tank up a week ago so it's still not cycled and won't be for maybe another week or so. And make sure before u add ur cuc u had gone through ur algae bloom. As in brown diatom. Then u can add some snails and hermits but what I would say is wait a week after u see the algae. Then add ur cuc. That is so the algae will eat up all ur nitrates and won't kill ur cuc. In the next few weeks I'll be doing a video on my understanding of the cycle process and the algae bloom! But that won't be till my 65 is towards the end of its cycling process. And no need to get a harlequin shrimp unless u have hundreds or thousands! So if u have a few just pick them out and u should be fine. And the ampihapods are just there probaly came from ur live rock.


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    It is possible you have completed your initial cycle. If ammonia and nitrite are zero and you have nitrate, you are safe to add a cuc. If you have an explosive population of asterinas and pods, you are probably good to go. I would not worry about them at all. The stars are good detritavors and their population will go up and down with the food supply.

    If you constantly show a trace of ammonia on that API kit it may actually be zero. They are notorious for that.

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    Welcome to Marsh. I would wait to introduce any livestock till the cycle is complete. Don't get a Harlequin shrimp for sure. I got a pair and I got to feed it a whole chocolate chip starfish at least one every other week or they will starve.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Luman01 View Post
    ok so if there only a few of those stars just picked them out. As far as livestock and cuc have u done ur first water change yet? What were ur parameters at? I believe u started this tank up a week ago so it's still not cycled and won't be for maybe another week or so. And make sure before u add ur cuc u had gone through ur algae bloom. As in brown diatom. Then u can add some snails and hermits but what I would say is wait a week after u see the algae. Then add ur cuc. That is so the algae will eat up all ur nitrates and won't kill ur cuc. In the next few weeks I'll be doing a video on my understanding of the cycle process and the algae bloom! But that won't be till my 65 is towards the end of its cycling process. And no need to get a harlequin shrimp unless u have hundreds or thousands! So if u have a few just pick them out and u should be fine. And the ampihapods are just there probaly came from ur live rock.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Clownfish Chris View Post
    It is possible you have completed your initial cycle. If ammonia and nitrite are zero and you have nitrate, you are safe to add a cuc. If you have an explosive population of asterinas and pods, you are probably good to go. I would not worry about them at all. The stars are good detritavors and their population will go up and down with the food supply.

    If you constantly show a trace of ammonia on that API kit it may actually be zero. They are notorious for that.
    I was initially concerned too about possibly moving too fast. I consulted with 3 of my coworkers who have been in the hobby for YEARS and also got advice from some people on Nano-reef. In addition to using Turbostart, everyone said I was just very lucky and had some great rock and it looks like I'm ready to move forward. I've been testing my water and everything is where it should be except the nitrate. I did my first water change yesterday so I'm going to test again tonight and see how everything is looking. All I have seen happening as far as growth is purple stuff on my rock (coralline apparently) and some green algae scattered about very lightly in a few places. Introduced 3 trochus snails to my tank and they are doing great so far As far as the asterinas - I've been picking them out here and there like yall suggested. Thanks for the replies guys.
    Last edited by jstj0sh; 06-06-2017 at 11:06 AM.

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    I would highly suggest u check for nitrates! If there is a lot it can kill those snails! But other than that you seem to be doing good! I hope my 65 kicks off soon! Still waiting for the nitrites to spike! Anyway good luck!


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