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Old 01-22-2004, 08:35 AM   #11
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Agree with Steve, or you may want to consider replacing the CC with sand, which for SW makes a better biological filter bed. Have a feeling that the as Steve mentioned the chemistry plus the injury did in the damsel. Understand that you did not know the alternatives about cycling the tank. FWIW, I was a FW keeper for a number of years, got rid of the tank when I moved and then decided to start with a SW. I have to tell you that I spent about two months after I had an idea of what size tank I wanted, researching and reading this forum for tips, ideas and advice on what would be needed to successfully start and maintain as trouble-free and enjoyable a tank as possible. With all due respect to you FW keeping expertise, SW is very different and I urge you to get a couple of books review the information there (there are some very good ones listed here in the reference section - by Bob Fenner and another by Paletta). This was invaluable to me in guiding me through successfully setting up, cycling and stocking my tank.

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