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Old 06-23-2006, 11:16 AM   #11
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If the plastic is in any way porous,
Is this possible? Im curious

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And FYI, I buy live rock all the time for the aesthetics, not just for the filtration aspects.
I do buy LR for the look too. "LR is used in an aquarium primarily for their filtration ability, not for the look". By that statement, i meant that LR's primary use is filtration
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Old 06-23-2006, 08:33 PM   #12
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Sorry didnt explain properly... I had established filter material from my LFS.
all test showed that it had cycled. i added food to the tank to produce the ammo spike.

As for the fake LR its extremely porus looking. I you look closely at the top photo it has pits and craters, But at the same time im not using it for filtration. I have a CF 1200 canister running glass noodles sponges bio balls and a chemsorb pad.
There is also a protein skimmer and 900lt power head for flow. i would say plenty?
I've also used 10kg of Natural Arogonite Spheres from RED SEA and another 10kg of crushed shell. theres a good 2in all ova.

I think i'll take the airstone out.....
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Well, it does sound like a good turnover.. my own personal stickler would be the cc.. Others say it's a nutrient trap... I just think it collects crap too easily (same diff I guess heh).
As long as it's maintained properly it's no big deal of course.

And yes, plastics can be made porous.. nooks and crannies help of course, but having the surface 'breathable' helps alot more.. all depends on how realistic they want the plastics to be of course (aka more expensive).

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Old 06-24-2006, 08:46 PM   #14
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Looks nice... Porous plastic??
Not sure what drama there is with LR? Its only the best filtration you can have for you tank. take things slow and keep testing after you add the damsel..
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Old 06-25-2006, 05:59 AM   #15
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Can you add live rock later? or do you have to remove the fish?
i was thinkin bout adding maybe 5kgs...? would this be enough?
i know i have enough with fitration, will LR keep the tank more stable?

thanks for the feedback.
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If you keep the airstone, you'll have saltcreep on everything above it. It'll form a salt crust in the hood in a matter of days.
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trotty, y don't u like LR?
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its not that i dont like it, it's my other half!
i'm in the process of wearing her down.... hehe
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once the tank is cycled and you have fish you need to either buy cured lr or get uncured lr and cure it before adding it to the tank.
with lr you get critters and mini dusters as the tank matures.. your not going to have a place for pods to hide and grow with plastic rock.. They live in the little nook and holes in lr.
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your not going to have a place for pods to hide and grow with plastic rock.. They live in the little nook and holes in lr.
I'm curious too. You saying pods and critters cannot live and populate in that fake rock - with all those holes and crevices?
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