11-03-2010, 08:30 AM
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Originally Posted by bigrift
any ideas where i can get dead sand thats not 17$ a bag like at my lfs? 1 inch ya ay huh... maybe ill do that and go all live sand then. also i was reading about copepods last night i know they are esenttial to any good reef tank so in my sump i was planning to buy a bunch of micro alge plants and add the bottle of these buggers to that or should i just add um to my reef a few weeks befor i add fish to let them get a head start. so much i need to learn on a few topics thats why ihavnt even added the salt to the tank yet =)
you can look around on line but when you figure out shipping etc its about the same price..... as for pods if you get some LR to help seed everything (i assume you are going mostly base/dead rock here as well? it is the leat expensive option and works quite well) and with e little Live sand you will get pods all over the place while the tank matures.... as for bottled pods (like trigger etc) they should be cultured in a separate container as they normally dont acclimate well to a tank ( i will find the post that covers this in more detail) ...
as you set up and cycle (mature) the tank a ton of micro life will emerge over the first few weeks... as you are starting with a lot of non live sand and rock potentially the process will take awhile before you are ready to add any type of stock.... many of us (me especially) have attempted to rush things along and found that this is a very costly mistake....
most macro wont do well in a tank until there is a bio-load to feed it so adding that to early would be a bit hard to keep..