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Old 02-17-2006, 08:22 PM   #1
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how much live rock

hi i am hoping to set up a marine tank in the near future and was wondering about how thick should the substrate be, im thinking 1-2", and how much live rock i will need as to fully filter my tank along with a protien skimer, for my 35gal tank
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i think 50-60 lbs would be enough for lr filtration
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Its really up to you on the sand bed. I have a 30 gallon with about an inch deep sandbed and 45 pounds of rock. It just depend on your opinion.
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1lb per gallon is a good starting point. More is better but you want to end up with a fish tank not a rock tank. Very dense rock will require more pounds so that is something to remember also.
Sand bed is choice, some like deep some like shallow, I like to have enough to get up even or just over the plastic support..
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ok thanks guys, do you know of any specific types of LR that is reasonably light as of course have a limited budget, ive heard figi is good
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1 small trio of rocks for hiding,
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tank just 3 days old
currently 1 male guppy, with 2 females, one of which is heavily pregnent
i did the nitrite, amonia and ph tests which gave the go ahead
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i like fiji check livequaria.com
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Old 02-18-2006, 11:58 AM   #7
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and hirocks.com, which doesn't look as good, but is MUCH cheaper and can suppliment
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Old 02-18-2006, 07:23 PM   #8
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Yes to hirocks.com or this [url=http://www.thatpetplace.com/Products/KW/Coral%2brock/Class//T1/F32AA+0532+0013/EDP/1843/Itemdy00.aspx[reef rock[/url] for the base rock. Indo-Pacific LR is generally less dense than Florida/Gulf/Carribean.

You want to have 1½-2 pounds of LR per gallon of tank capacity.
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you can get a mix of base rock and then get some LR to go with it.. Don't cut corners here, LR is the best filtration you can have for the tank. If you can only efford 30-40 lbs of LR get some base rock to go with it.. JMO>>
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