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Old 06-09-2011, 10:56 AM   #41
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Thanks guys, I'm just passing on everything I've learned here. LOL I only started my fish obsession late last year.

This site is invaluable, really. Some of the other forums are kinda snippy and the layouts stink, it's so easy to find what you need here.

Another thing is you are bound to get a varied array of opinions and experiences so you can make an informed decision. If you ever have any doubts about advice, just wait it out and more people will surely join in.
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Old 06-09-2011, 10:57 AM   #42
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You know you don't have to buy all "live" rock right? If you get, say 25% live rock and 75% of base rock you will be ok.

heres a link for base rock, it's $90 for 50lbs I believe with free shipping

ReefCleaners.org | Clean Up Crews and Macro Algae - Rock

Yep, an ro/di unit would be a great buy!

I don't think you have to empty your tank out, just drain a bunch of the water down to the rock level and refill with saltwater. The sand storm will subside in a day or so. BUT if you're set on adding more sand then maybe that's your best bet. Just make sure to keep your rock wet while you do it.

Good luck!
Right now there is 25lb "live" which may be "dead" now lol, I did a quick look before I leave at that web site. Think 50lb of that would be enough, I want space for the variety of life I hope to have in my tank but I want enough for the corals and such too with caves and cubby holes for them to enjoy life and of course to swim around and get "lost" til their little hearts content.

Duh I just did a little math (no good without calculator lol), I need 25lb more base for a total of 75lb base.....provided my rock is still "live rock".
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I usually special request sizes I need from John at reefcleaners. They are real good about that. I wanted some rubble rocks for my pod tank, request granted. Another time I wanted medium rocks since I have alot of big ones and they came through. This last order I got some more larger rubble pieces so I could put corals on them. Just think of what you want to do with the rockscape and get rocks you need.

Since you have 25lbs already, I would get another 25lbs of LR and then add 50lbs of the base rock. Thatll give you 100lbs which is a good start. It's recommened to have 1.5 to 2 lbs per gallon so you'd be about right.

I have a nifty little app that calculates how much sand you need if you know how deep you want it. Tell me the depth youre looking at and I'll plug it in for you.
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Depending where you live you might be on well water, as for do water places like meijer or walmart sometimes sell do water. All you have to do is bring a few buckets. Or go the old fashion way and either get dechlorinatr or let the water sit out for 24 hrs.
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Also leave everything in the tank. Don't rinse anything. Your lfs should have givin you live sand, if you rinse that you will lose bio filtration. Get more sand and rock. Fully cured If you can afford it.
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Obasic, Thanks. I have city water and never treated it first. I put the dechlorinator in now but was going to change out so I could add more rock. I'm thinking I'll just take out a really good amount like 75% so I can add sand and arrange rock.

(Yes Carey, I will TRY to keep the rock I have covered. I say try cause I may forget) And there would be another lesson learned. But hey I figure I should have a cycle started by christmas and that's kewl with me.

Carey, I'm thinking 2-3" should give ample burrowing room.
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Obasic, Thanks. I have city water and never treated it first. I put the dechlorinator in now but was going to change out so I could add more rock. I'm thinking I'll just take out a really good amount like 75% so I can add sand and arrange rock.

(Yes Carey, I will TRY to keep the rock I have covered. I say try cause I may forget) And there would be another lesson learned. But hey I figure I should have a cycle started by christmas and that's kewl with me.

Carey, I'm thinking 2-3" should give ample burrowing room.
It saysyou need 130lbs for 3inches.
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Thank. Found 3 stores on web on way down. Going to check them out soon. Wish me luck!
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Ugh. 2 of the 3 Fish stores no longer exist. Such nice updated internet and maps. These 2 haven't existed for long time by looks of the buildings.
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aww that stinks. how is the one you did find?
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