Adding crabs to a cycling tank?

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    Brett W

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    My tank is in its 12th day of the cycle, ammonia is starting to decline a little now. I was at the aqua shop and spoke to the owner (Marine Biologist) which told me I could put some crabs in the aquarium as long as the phosphate level was u 5. What are your thoughts on this? My phosphate is at 2.
     
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    mariobrothersleeve squirrel

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    I'd wait.
    If ammonia is dropping, then nitrites. Then nitrates. 0's across the board.

    First start the nitrogen cycle before adding anything.
     
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    Thats what I was thinking too,not sure why he told me that. My substrate and rock were are all dry products to avoid unwanted critters in my tank.This may take a while to get bacteria established. Yet another reason i was leaning toward waiting till it has completely cycled.
     
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    mariobrothersleeve squirrel

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    I wouldn't be to concerned about 'critters.' They will reach your tank one way or another. It's apart of reefing, it's how you respond that will determine if your a lifer. Good luck.
     
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