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Old 03-16-2003, 08:21 AM   #1
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Live Sand Question

I just switched from cc to ls & was wondering what kind of critters should be introduced into the dsb & where would I get them ?
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What size tank?
How deep is the sand bed?
What's in the tank now? Fish? Clean up crew (snails, hermit crabs, shrimp, stars, etc.)?

From reading previous posts and other fora, most of the advice I've seen is to try and get a couple of scoops of ls from someone local. If that's not possible you may want to look at a sand activator kit from IPSF.
http://www.ipsf.com/index.html

You might also want to read this article by Dr. Ron
http://reefkeeping.com/issues/2002-03/rs/index.htm
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29 gal.
3"- 15lbs. arag-live, 10 lbs. southdown
27 gals. of ro/di cycled sw.
flame gobie
yellow tail damsel
3-blue leg hermits
sally lightfoot crab
emerald crab
2-pepermint shrimp
chocalate star
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This greatly depends on what kind of filtration you are planning to use or are using
What kind of tank are you keeping; reef or FO or FOWLR?

I don't see LR in the setup...are you planning on having some?

IMO 10 more lbs or so of the Southdown sand and don't get too many critters that sift the sand..at least for 6 months or so...Let the sand bed become active with little buggers. You want the sand to be a breeding ground for pods and worms and such...This will be your best de-nitrification in your tank...If you get a lot of critters that sift, they will wipe out any colonies and therefore reduce the amount of DN your sand bed will produce..
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