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Old 02-25-2004, 12:06 PM   #1
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Would you buy a detrivore kit from this man?

Any thoughts?

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Old 02-25-2004, 12:56 PM   #2
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What is his reputation on ebay?

If your nerveous about him, I can give you a link for a site that has gotten very good reviews.

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Old 02-25-2004, 01:36 PM   #3
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He has 100% feedback but I"m not sure that kit would be worth $75 plus the cost of shipping. IMO using that money to buy some LR would be a better decision(you'll get most of that stuff on the LR anyway)
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Old 02-25-2004, 01:46 PM   #4
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I went back and read it more closely. From what I am seeing, he is offering more than any detritivor or infaune supply site will. If his product is in good shape, its an excellent deal.

I copied and pasted the contents and condensed all of his "descriptions"

* 10 Spaghetti worms
* 10 Bristleworms
* 10 Nassarius vibex Snails
* 5 Certh Snails or 5 Bumblebee Snails -- your preference
* 50 Amphipods - Gammarus Shrimp
* 50 Copepods - Mysis Shrimp
* Macroalgae - 6 species
* 2 lbs of very live Shells/Rubble -- packed with critters -- we are not interested in adding shipping weight. This is meant to seed other existing rockwork/substrate with life.
* 2 lbs. of very live Sand - again, meant to seed a larger sandbed.
* Miniature Star - white - splits on its own.
* miscellaneous worms - I have 4 different species in this system other then bristle and spaghetti worms - no flatworms
* miscellaneous stars - I have yellow mini serpant stars and green mini brittle stars in the sand in nonspecific numbers.

LR will supply some of this...but not all. It will certainly supply pods and some worms, but the macro and different types of stars...those are a maybe at best.

Personally, I may order some from him when I get a Breeding fuge set up!

Thanks for the link

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I thought it sounded pretty good. Do you think it would be good to seed my DSB in my main tank? I have live rock, but the sand is pretty dead. (old castle playsand)
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He's just across the river from me. I asked if I could stop by and pick up a kit instead of shipping it. It'll probably cost the same in gas and tolls as shipping but it will only take an hour to get back to my tank.

I'll let you know what happens.
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I should have looked closer as well. Didn't see the part about the macro algae's and such. Doesn't seem lilke too bad of a deal.
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My suggestion on how to introduce it to your tank...Maximize it! Take a rubber maid tub, cure some sand in it and introduce the kit to the "breeding fuge". This will allow them to breed in a preditor free environment then start introducing it to your main tank slowly. Personally, whether I order from him or not, I am going to keep the breeding fuge up and running so I can continue to introduce new infauna to the dsb on a weekly or monthly basis.

My recent "research" (which consist of reading) on DBS seems to indicate that w/o continually replacing the infauna, they will eventually die off and the DSB will become toxic. I dont know about you, but I dont want to pay 100.00 every 6 months for bugs

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My suggestion on how to introduce it to your tank...Maximize it! Take a rubber maid tub, cure some sand in it and introduce the kit to the "breeding fuge". This will allow them to breed in a preditor free environment then start introducing it to your main tank slowly. Personally, whether I order from him or not, I am going to keep the breeding fuge up and running so I can continue to introduce new infauna to the dsb on a weekly or monthly basis.

My recent "research" (which consist of reading) on DBS seems to indicate that w/o continually replacing the infauna, they will eventually die off and the DSB will become toxic. I dont know about you, but I dont want to pay 100.00 every 6 months for bugs

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Smart thinking, Squishy! I'm going to remember that when I start my SW tank
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Wish I had seen that deal when I was seeding my fuge and DSB IMO for 75 bucks its the best det kit I have seen.

As far as the breeding fuge goes, if you put it inline with your return system on your tank they will migrate between the fuge and the main tank with great frequency without any need to harvest. I innoculated my fuge with an inland det kit and my display and fuge are now very densley populated.
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