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Old 01-11-2005, 01:20 AM   #11
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I am going to do this.....I actually was really dissapointed in the artificial look of the CC. Fish store guy said it helps with PH, and it wasnt that expensive. Only other question I have is how deep should the sand be???

I think ill stick to a FO tank for now. I wanted to put some big lion fish or maybe a sting ray. Something along those lines with big fish perferably. I think I might just take things slowly and start with some smaller easier fish to deal with now though.

EDIT.....nevermind, i just found the depth calculater. Thanks again guys. I really have learned 3 times more info in an hour here than I have in 6 weeks with fish stores.
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Old 01-11-2005, 01:59 AM   #12
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Before you scrap the CC do some checking. DSB have pros and cons as well. IMO the LFS guy is correct that CC does help stabilize the PH. I know alot of people use DSB with success. I think there is a little more involved with a DSB and they are more widely used in reef tanks. personally I have CC and am very happy with the look now that it has matured. I consider my tank a FOWLR and do not have plans to do a reef in the tank.

Once you decide what your ultimate goal is for your setup it will help you make other decisions. You always want to have a plan.

I would also caution you on big fish. Even with a 160gal there are some limitations. Check out compatibility as well. IMO sharks and rays have no business being in the aquarium trade, JMO.
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