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Old 03-29-2011, 01:53 PM   #11
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Thanks for the help again seems like it will cost about 100-200 to get up and running. I am still doing some research it seems getting the tank going and stable is the most difficult part of SW am I right in this?
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Thats a good way of looking at it. Theres always gonna be those extras that as you run your setup that youll find you need. Patience is the BIG thing with SW though. Probably more important than all the hi tech crap you can buy. LOL
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Thanks for the help again seems like it will cost about 100-200 to get up and running. I am still doing some research it seems getting the tank going and stable is the most difficult part of SW am I right in this?
It isn't too difficult it may just take some time. You could try a start up bacteria, though it is not necessary at all. If you do decide to go that route then the cycle will take a few days, a week at most. Maintaining water levels every day is the most time consuming; making sure salinity is correct, testing levels once every few days, topping off the water, water changes and mixing water, etc.
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If you mean during the cycle I would not use damsels! This is a mistake people make because the damsels are cheap and hardy!
Rearrange the rocks and plants, new territory to establish.

Protein Skimmer- Spend the extra and skip the Sea Clone, the only plus of that is the Powerhead and that isn't much of a plus there.
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"Rearrange the rocks and plants, new territory to establish. "
Then what????? A pair of clowns can take over a whole tank when they deside to breed. Other Damsels turn ugly as they mature and can get very nasty unless you have a huge tank. 6' or so...
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