Longest Wait to put in Fish

Daniel Reef

New member
I would like to know what is the longest time that I can wait to put in fish after I put in the live rock. I know that my finances will be tight once I buy the equipment and live rock and I didn't want to mess things up by not having fish.
 

extremeshocks

New member
Many people have tanks with no fish at all like a reef only. You should be fine with no fish for a long time i would think. Just check your parameters.Good luck
 

jenjen

New member
You'll be fine without fish, just make sure when you do start adding them you do it slowly.
 

Indymann99

New member
I waited 3 mo with LR and LS only in the tank, before adding my first fish.

I ran the tank as normal with skimmer and 10hr photoperiod.

you will be surprised at the amount of life that will come from the LR. After a few weeks there will be all sorts of little creatures. :rollface:
 

reefaddictionrx

New member
Completely agree with Indymann. I had my 72 up for about 3-4 months and had tons of copepods/serpent stars/and even a live muscle that opened up on the back of a piece of previously dried live rock.
 

Rangereefer

New member
You never need fish they are a distraction from your beautiful corals! j/k...really the live rock will be fine without any fish for a long long time...may want to look into some snails though to keep the glass clean ;)
 

Daniel Reef

New member
If things go okay, I plan on buying the equipment and getting it in mid/late January, then take a month or two to put everything together, but the liverock and live sand in late March/early April. But I probably won't be able to afford buying any fish or coral until December. That will be an eight month wait. So it sounds like the tank will be okay. I will just plan on buying the CUC and save for that.
 

ChadTheSpike

Reef Engineer
That works out really well actually... I generally recommend that nothing beyond LR and a CUC goes into the tank for six months... although I dont know anyone but me that follows that advice!!!
 
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