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Old 02-20-2004, 02:55 PM   #1
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DSB critters...

Does anyone know where I can get some DSB critters for my tank? I'm worried I don't have enough if any to keep from going anaerobic.
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Old 02-20-2004, 06:58 PM   #2
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From what I've read, good places are www.inlandaquatic.com and www.ipsf.com. I am planning on buying some critters too.

I have a question to add.

I'm starting a 46g tank with about 4 in sand, 2 of which was the "live containing bacteria" kind that you buy in a bag. It is going through its cycle right now.

Before I add fish, should I get BOTH a detrivore kit for the sand bed, AND a clean up crew kit for the top and the 40lbs live rock i have? (I'm looking at the clean-up crew here: http://www.justphish.com/saltwater/c...upstandard.htm)

Thats a good $150 for a bunch of critters.

Furthermore, people say that the $99 mix and match kit at Indo-PAcific Sea farms is a great deal. For my setup, are there any suggestions on how to mix/match?
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Old 02-20-2004, 07:41 PM   #3
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Get the Inland aquatics detrivore kit and nothing else for a week or two. Give them time to get established. The ISPF detrivore kit was disappointing in quantity.

Then add your clean-up crew. I got on from justphish too and wish I had gone without the hermits. Get a selection of snails, the shrimp and a brittle star or two. A fighting conch is also great to have.
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where in wisconsin are you? Im in milwaukee and have a ton of life in my DSB. You can stop by and have a free cup if you want. I'll even give you a frag or two of some red sea xenia!
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As a side note i never added a kit. I let the life from the rock migrated own. I have mini brittle stars and a ton of worms and pods and other stuff i do not know what it is. I think good live rock will take care of everything for you.
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I live in MN where about in WI are you?
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way down south in Milwaukee. I am about 6 hours from the twin cities!
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I live right next to Madison! I appreciate all the feed back I'm getting..Thanks!
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The ISPF detrivore kit was disappointing in quantity.
I got the Det kit from Inland and it completely corrected all the deficencies in my Liveaquaria live rock order. My live rock didn't have a single living cell on it when I got it, but the Inland kit was an instant boom and I am incredibly pleased. Only shady part is you MUST add the shipping water, however its been two weeks and everything is fine in my tank. Inland are good people, I highly recommend. About to do my first bit of business with IPSF i'll post about it after the transaction.
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About to do my first bit of business with IPSF i'll post about it after the transaction.
Brisc0, what are you ordering from IPSF?
I got their detrivore kit first and was a bit disappointed in the pod quantities. Inland's was much better.
I am considering a 2nd order from IPSF for their 9 for 99 mix n match special. I think I want to try the sand clams and a few others. Some people have only praised them so I'm willing to given them a 2nd chance.
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