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Old 06-17-2005, 12:41 AM   #11
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I would add some sort of a bio aid. such as biomax, or other media. and if you plan on getting three of each, I would suggest getting a male to two females. that will greatly cut back on some aggretion. on my 55 stocked with oddball preds, I have a filter that will cycle the water 5 times, and it works great.
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Since it looks as if you are going to be getting Tangs, make sure your ph is high and that the water is hard. Tangs like almost liquid rock. Ideally the ph should be between 8 and 9. Whitetiger is right about the biomax. I believe the AquaClears come with Biomax in the box (at least mine did). So, if you want to have two sponges and the biomax, that would be good.
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Ok, I added Bio-Max to my list of things to buy and an extra sponge.

I realy don't know how hard the water is.

How do I test for hard water and is it adjustable?

Also on my list is a Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Freshwater Master Test Kit.

I'm months away from actually getting the fish....
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Old 06-17-2005, 01:22 AM   #14
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the best way is to put a piece of limestone, crushed coral, or aragnite. i bought my aragnite from home depot 5$ for a 50# bag
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Ok, that sounds fairly easy.

Is aragnite a substrate?
Does it mix with sand?

I appologise for so many questions....It seems like the more I read in here the more I find out I don't know.
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it technically is a sand i think. its a ncie white one. my brichardi tank has like 5" of aragnite . about 150#
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Oooh! Cool! I really want to get sand and one that keeps a high ph is a bonus
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you should get some mts though. it gets some anaerobic bacteria pretty well.. but it seems that ive only heard of 2 people whove gotten it. me and some other dude.. dont know if they dont want ot or there isnt any..
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Putting some CC in your filter is recomended for buffering a tank for African Cichlids as well..


Using limestone or Base Rock that they use in SW tanks helps to buffer the water as well..
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Thanks so much for the great ideas!

Where would I find limestone?

I believe they have CC at my lfs.
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