10-29-2009, 07:47 AM
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What kind of sand did you buy? Was it CaribSea AgraAlive? This type of sand will cycle your tank in a day, sometimes you won't see a cycle at all! Do you have test kits? Test for Nitrates, Nitrites and Ammonia. Do you have any Live Rock? How deep is your sand?
Before you add any livestock, you will want to get your Alkalinity and Calcium to acceptable levels and stay stable at those levels. Alkalinity is measured in dKH, and an acceptable level is between 8-12 dKH. Calcium is measured in ppm, and an acceptable level is 400-460 ppm. Keeping these levels steady will create a more comfortable and natural enviroment for the livestock you introduce.
In a 29 gallon I recommend a pair of clowns, a goby, maybe a few shrimp (a pistol would be a great mate for the Watchman Goby), maybe a Hawkfish. I would go 4 fish tops of this size. Definitely no Tangs, no Angels (you could get away with a Flame or other dwarf, but I would then say just that and a one or two other small fish), and no Triggers. Are you going full Reef? Corals?
Last edited by wake49; 10-29-2009 at 07:56 AM..