i will also say this.... i really like the cichlids because they dont waist the tank.. they swim at all levels front and back... our rams stick fairly close to the bottom of theirs. we also changed 3 things all at once in the ram tank and almost had a holocaust.... we put in a piece of drift wood from another one of our tanks, i changed the plumbing of the fluvals to pvc
and painted it black, and the third is we added 2 bettas... almost in a week we lost our albino bristle nose pleco and 4 rams... i was pissed she was heart broken... in a panic we did a pwc
and changed everything back the way it was... battas stayed. i think we saved the remaining fish... its a real shame too because it looked like of the rams we lost, 2 may have been a pair and one was the second half of another pair.... we really wanted a full tank of rams. beautiful little fish... water test was 0. 0. 5 driftwood came from a healthy tank. and paint was supposed to be safe.
so i do and did feel your pain went you lost your fish. we do work hard to make everything right for them. and its absolutely frustrating when it all goes wrong.
why is it that some use a reactor? im assuming it basically contains material that buffers as what ever your reacting is removed from the water.
but why is it not every one uses them... even to the point that not everyone uses a protein skimmer. i may have mentioned in another post that im a mechanic and because of that i see alot of things as being a set of rules and processes in order to work. things are very much standard... main difference is who makes what part and who makes that part better than the other guy... so when there are so many different ways to do the same thing i get lost sometimes let alone not knowing what all is going on in the first place. ive have definitely enjoyed learning from everyone here as i slowly grasp the concepts of it all.