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post #21 of 28 Old 06-05-2011, 07:54 PM Thread Starter
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No it hasn't cycled yet. In 12 more days it will hit the 2 month mark in the cycling process.

Oh and Where in the world do you find dolomite? And what type should i get to be placed in a canister basket?
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post #22 of 28 Old 06-06-2011, 12:37 AM Thread Starter
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Is this the sort of stuff you guys are talking about?
Dolomite 25 Lb - Amore Pet Shop
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post #23 of 28 Old 06-06-2011, 01:01 AM Thread Starter
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First off...sorry for all the short multi-posts.

I read on a site that you can pick whatever substrate you want and can still get the ph buffering power of crushed coral by putting it in your conister filter or a few handfulls in your power filter. What do you think?
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Yes, that linked gravel is dolomite gravel. And I would put it in the filter rather than mix it in the substrate, as I mentioned previously. I would not mix black and white gravel, that is not natural although its your tank so up to you. Coral sand for the substrate in rift lake cihdlid tank would be fine and very natural and authentic in appearance, with some of this dolomite in the filter.

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going out to a bigger pet store that i am hoping will have a better selection of substrate. Dolomite, crushed coral or crushed coral sand, and vallisneria plants, on my shopping list.
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An update for everyone that has been helping me. I went to pet smart and picked up a bag of crushed coral and a bag of African cichlid sand mix that also says its a high ph buffer and three live plants. I had to put my fish in a 10 gallon tank i have as a hospital tank and COMPLETELY drained my 46 gallon and take out about 90% of the original gravel, and put in the coral and cichlid sand mix. It took alot of half filling the tank and emptying it out again to get rid of alot of the excess particles from the coral and sand. I set the tank back up and added a full dose of Bio-magnet water clarifier. If you have never tried this stuff....DO IT! It is amazing! The water went from haze white (As in i could barely see the back of the tank while looking through the front!) to crystal clear in about 6 hours. I cleaned both my filters after the water was cleared out to get rid of all that stuff they collected and tested the water. 7.8 pH! Reintroduced my fish and hoping to GOD that the ammonia doesn't spike like before!
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That substrate should work very well.

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post #28 of 28 Old 06-08-2011, 02:16 AM Thread Starter
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The ph was at 8.2 last i checked but i did a completely emptied my tank so all traces of ammonia are atleast for the moment, gone. Going to test it again in a few days to see if doing the big change of substrate and 100% water changed screwed up my tank cycling. You think?
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