03-02-2007, 01:36 PM
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ok, so tell me if I have the right idea here............
I have heard that crushed coral isn't the best thing that a person can use for their tank. I've actually heard some pretty bad things about it.
so, I think that I am going to use argonite type sand to buffer the water(1-2inches deep), and I'll use something else in the canister filter as extra bio-media instead of the crushed coral, I've heard that cheap plastic pot scrubbies have an enormous surface area. I'll probably still get a small amount of cycled/live crushed coral from the LFS to seed the filter and sandbed, but I won't leave it in there.
I have also heard that a good way to cycle your tank is to put a prawn or shrimp, or just something dead in a nylon stocking, and leave that sitting on the sand bed to get the tank cycled fairly quickly. it's supposed to be smelly, but it works.
and another question, am I supposed to leave the skimmer off during the cycling process?
let me know if I am on the right track here, I've got the tank now, the rest of the equipment is soon to follow, I'll probably have to order the sand from the internet, so that might take awhile.