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Old 11-30-2004, 11:49 AM   #11
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Yes quite easily. I would buy the cheaper rubble rock from the LFS holding tanks or dead base rock. Much cheaper and the end result will be the same. The biological filtering effects of the rock are not light dependant.

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Old 11-30-2004, 11:55 AM   #12
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I just purchased 30lbs. of rubble for my sump from Ebay for $39.00. I think it is Walt Smith rock. Seems to be some pretty good stuff. Reasonable price too. My lfs doesn't give out, or sell rubble at all.

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Old 11-30-2004, 03:45 PM   #13
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you can put it in your sump, but you'll kill all the coralline! you'll be turning expensive LR into cheap base rock

if you don't have enough room in the tank for the LR, move some of the base to the sump (where it will work fine as a biofilter, just won't get pretty) and put the LR in the tank.
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I only ordered it for my sump as a replacement for the bio balls. That's why it was so cheap..it's only rubble, but good porous pieces.

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ah ok. then just toss a couple bits into the main tank to seed the base.
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I actually have 90lbs. of live rock in my main tank. I was riding on this thread so I could share pricing on rubble for people. The 30lbs. was for the sump so I could get rid of the bio balls altogether.. 8)
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So I guess to summarize everyone's comments, if I add live rock to my tank either in the sump or in the main display, my current base rock should become live rock over time. However, my base rock will not get corraline algae growth if I put the live rock in the sump. Does this all sound correct? :|
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Put the LR in the main tank (preserve the coralline) and the base in the sump. The base will become "live" no matter where it's placed.

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The rock is good in the sump as well and will become live as the bacteria will grow in the sump as well. It will turn brown though and will not develop any new coraline algae without any lights. You might consider making it a refugium/sump, which lots of people on here have done, with lots of posts if you search for ideas...

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