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Old 02-11-2002, 10:05 PM   #1
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Detrivore kit


Hi all,

My tank is fully cycled and is filled with about 35-40% LR. I am hoping to add in a detrivore kit. Would this be a good time to add the critters in or would it be better after I establish some fish first? (The first ones will be Clowns if that makes a difference.)

Also, is it better to get a detrivore kit at a LFS or online?

Any advice would be helpful. Thanks Guys and Gals!
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Old 02-12-2002, 07:12 AM   #2
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I would recomend getting a kit from www.IPSF.com or www.inlandaquatics.com. I would also recomend getting some snails to help keep the tank clean. HTH

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Old 02-12-2002, 07:15 AM   #3
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Hi Scotty! If you are in good with your LFS---maybe you can get a cup or two of their sand from their tanks if their tanks are clean and you can trust them or from fellow reef hobbyist in your area--again make sure if you do this, that you know their tank is free of any problems that might be transferred to your tank.
You can add a detrivore kit now and along with the live rock will seed your sandbed. Two great places for detrivore kits are http://www.ipsf.com or http://www.inlandadquatics.com Johnny

Oops! Jon beat me to it!
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Old 02-12-2002, 05:44 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies.

I checked out the websites and their prices. Knowing that occasionally livestock prices are higher on the net than in the LFS (as opposed to equipment which is almost always cheaper on the net), I was wondering if LFSs are good places to buy detrivore kits. Well, I called one up and they didn't know what the hell I was talking about. I even broke down the contents to copepods, etc, yet all I heard was silence on the line then... "You mean algae?" So, that's where I am. My question is: Do most good aquarium stores sell something similar to "detrivore kits"?

Second question: Do you think a detrivore kit is the best thing to put into a newly cycled reef tank or would it be better to put in a fauna kit?

Again, thanks!!!!!!!!!
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Ok Scotty! I will answer your second question first. Is there a difference in a fauna kit and a detrivore kit? Inland Aquatics explains it this way:

Quote: The Fauna Kit ($60.00) is similar to the Detritivore Kit. The difference is that each Fauna Kit does not include Bristle Worms, but instead a greater quantity of Mysis, Gammarus and other Amphipods and Copepods.

I would get the detritivore kit because of the bristle worms which are one of the most important critters you can have in your reef tank. If a fish or invert dies and you do not find it or know about it, bristle worms will make short work of the carcass.

Your first question: I do not know of any LFS that sell detritivore kits but you may ask one in your area if you can buy a cup or two of their sand if their tanks look healthy. Johnny
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Old 02-12-2002, 06:23 PM   #6
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I was wondering what, if any, reasons there are to keep bristle worms out of your DSB. Besides the obvious... they're kinda ugly and they get you on the finger once in a while, can't they occasionally steal food from corals and such? I'm getting pressure from the boss(wife) to 'keep those nasty little things out of there'. Thanks for the help!

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