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New tank: Add livestock gradually or all at once?

Postby MikeyJB » Thu May 27, 2021 5:52 pm

Hi,

I'm getting back into the hobby (it's been a while) and was curious if I could add livestock gradually over a period of 2 or 3 months or if I needed to add all the livestock at once?

I was thinking of keeping three species in groups so I would add a group every two or three weeks.

Will this cause any problems if I add gradually?

Thanks,
Michael.
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Re: New tank: Add livestock gradually or all at once?

Postby DJRansome » Thu May 27, 2021 6:45 pm

All at once allows you to cycle with ammonia (sparing the fish the toxins) and this will support a full load of fish.

You can add them gradually.

The problem with adding them gradually is that you risk a mini cycle with each addition and it takes several months...allow a month between additions.

Also the first fish you add will claim territories, so the new additions will have to compete with the existing fish to claim their territories. Be sure to add the most timid group first.
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Re: New tank: Add livestock gradually or all at once?

Postby MikeyJB » Thu May 27, 2021 6:56 pm

Thank you! I am worried the first group would claim the tank and make life hard for newcomers, your post makes good points.

I think I will save up and kick off the cycle once I've got enough cash for everything I was after. It's going to be better for the fish I think.

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