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Old 10-31-2012, 10:07 AM   #11
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Old 10-31-2012, 01:09 PM   #12
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I use Smart Start to kick start the cycling process. The stuff is amazing!!! I used it for all my tanks and never had an issue. I always do the same process: ex. A 55 gallon tank: I buy the proper amount of live sand, I get one container of the ocean water ( the one in a box), a little bit of base rock( cleaned properly) some live rock( not too much), I too the rest off with salt water already mixed from my LFS, and I dump a bottle of Smart Start. Before adding fish, I wait for the water to clear from the substrate. And I make sure the proper media is in my filter, along with some Chemi Pure. And I get the water tested a week or two later, and Voila!!!! and I have never lost a fish due to bad parameters.
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I have used crushed coral in the past and had awful problems with it. I ended up scrapping the whole tank and starting again!
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Thank you for all the replies, I'm going sand and crush shell mix
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Old 10-31-2012, 08:21 PM   #16
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Just remember, make a list of the fish you want, let us review it. Keep in mind: your substrate will limit your choice of fish. The more coarse substrate, is not ideal for bottom dwellers like; gobies, dragonets, and blennies.
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