Originally Posted by LittleParr
Steve-s, you seem to know a thing or two about live sand. I'd like to have a good amount of live rock and live sand in my tank- the live rock is easy to come by, but good live sand is not. What would be the best way to begin my tank with good live sand? How do I add microfauna,
To be completely honest, a major amount of microfauna will establish itself from the LR
alone. The best use for this type of "fauna addition" is with tanks that use dead base rock, little in the way of LR
or the populations cannot keep up with predation. On the latter, that can get pretty $$ and usually not keep up anyway. If using a good quantity of LR
, the fauna kits are really not all that necessary. Doesn't mean you can't add diversity, just that it won't make or break your sytem without their addition. You'd be suprised what you'll find months, even years after the innitial cycle. I still find new things all the time.
especially for sand sifting fish like blennies?
Be very careful on which of these species you choose. Many are quite difficult to feed and honestly damage the "ecosystem" of a healthy tank. They are also not good additions for smaller tanks. They can descimate a 50 gal
tank in a few months. Many that do accept prepared foods will also not live their full life due to the lack of a natural diet. What you propose is not impossible by any means, just choose the species wisely, do alot of research before you purchase and be sure the tank is suitabley matured, large enough and ready for such an addition.