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Old 11-07-2011, 06:13 AM   #1
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can I do all live rocks?

so I am fine spending about 180 on live rocks....or maybe just a little less, but so far I thinking about getting 30 pounds of live rock for a 29G tank and was wondering if that was ok from a LPS?
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Old 11-07-2011, 09:00 AM   #2
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Yes it is ok but very expensive. This hobby can get expensive quick, I don't know where you are from but look at local forum and craigslist for live rock. I get mine that way and really haven't had much of a problem with finding it when I wanted it. Another way you can save is get base rock a lot of LFS has that too.

You are more like to get things in your rocks like crabs if you get it from the LFS. The one rock I bought at a store actually had a crab it it, I got it because it was just the right size to fit in a pico I was giving as a gift. Going with base rock helps cut down on the chances of that.
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Old 11-07-2011, 09:30 AM   #3
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I did a mix of live rock and base rock when I started my tank. Got it all from a lfs but got lucky. The live rock was extremely well established and now after 4 months you can hardly tell the difference between the base rock and the original live rock.
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i have to drive about 30 minutes to get base rock. my LFS which is like 10 minutes from my house and a rock throw away from work only have live rock or FW base rock not to mention they are also charging a dollar more a pound for it and their fish are more expensive.

granted their tanks are a little more presentable but at the end of the day when you're paying $90 for a blue dory tang as compared to $30 most people would take the drive
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i have to drive about 30 minutes to get base rock. my LFS which is like 10 minutes from my house and a rock throw away from work only have live rock or FW base rock not to mention they are also charging a dollar more a pound for it and their fish are more expensive.

granted their tanks are a little more presentable but at the end of the day when you're paying $90 for a blue dory tang as compared to $30 most people would take the drive

LOL I have several LFS that are all about the same distance away. Unfortunately, they are ALL 30 minutes away. But then again, so is the nearest grocery store. LOL
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Base rock is alot easier to work with.
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Base rock is alot easier to work with.
I agree you don't have to worry about where the bristle worms like to hide.
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I like getting all LR also. I like the variety of life that comes with it. Granted you dont have to and BR works just as good as far as biological filtration. When I got mine I bought 200 lbs at 8.99 a lb. You can do the math. It gets pretty expensive.
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i would go with what joy said, if you're set on using all live rock look on a local forum or kijiji or craigslist for someone taking down their tanks. you could probably find the rock cheaper
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So whats wrong with having crabs? Like what kinda crap are we talking about?

Bristle worms? What is all this! haha I am just starting a fowlr tank and I now you guys are making me think twice!

So I mean bristle worms and crabs are bad? my LFS is about 5 m-10 minutes away so not a big deal but I mean if I order BR then I gotta wait like a week? and I started up the cycling just wtih a filter right now long with sand
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