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Old 10-30-2012, 02:34 PM   #1
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I have a 60gal filled ad just put in my salt. I'm waiting for all that to mix.

Thinking about using live sand when I know the specific gravity is right. On top of using live sand, has anyone used live bacteria to put fish in right away like on tanked?

Also I'm running a FX5 on my 60gal. Do I need a protein skimmer? Im not using a sump either.

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Old 10-30-2012, 02:59 PM   #2
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Don't put fish in right away. I'm sure they have had lots of die off using shortcuts once the cameras are off. I've heard mixed results about live sand and most say it's not worth the extra money. Use regular sand and seed it with a cup of sand from another tank (perhaps trade a cup with your LFS). I would only use the instant cycle to help start a regular cycle, that's it.
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I second that one from experience. Your sand will become live in time.
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Old 10-30-2012, 07:29 PM   #4
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Thanks guys,

What substrate do you guys use?
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Argonite?
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I have pool filter sand and 4 bags of black sand from Petco.
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Old 10-30-2012, 08:48 PM   #7
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I bought some sand I might mi it with some crush coral.

Could I add the cichlid mix from caribsea ?

It's just crush shell
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From what I've read and have been told crushed coral will give you nitrate issues. I was going to use the crushed coral too but after finding out about this I decided against it in my saltwater tank m
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Have you heard anything about crushed shell? Thank you
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Old 10-31-2012, 08:23 AM   #10
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Have you heard anything about crushed shell? Thank you
I use crushed shell. No nitrate issues here.
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