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Old 01-24-2011, 05:56 PM   #11
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For now yes. The 60 pounds of LR will seed the sand and crushed coral. Eventually you will want more LR though. I have 200lbs in my 120g and sump tank... I have 165lbs in DT and 35lbs in sump

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its not crushed coral..... its a 100 pounds of whole pieces....
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live rock is made from coral skeletons. it's all surface area. everything you have in the tank helps. what do these coral skeletons look like? are they just pieces of coral the guy you are getting the tank from killed?

i think whoever had the idea of using the 55 as your sump had a good idea. that's what i used on the tank i maintain at the local gym.
it works perfect.
here it was when i was putting it together-


and here it is running-
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the coral skeletons never use to be liverock... i had them in my cichlid tank to keep the PH up

they are currently in the tub being bleached

this is what they look like

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no...live rock is constructed mostly of coral skeletons....not the other way around. ah. i see. they look nice. just hard to grow corals over them.
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no...live rock is constructed mostly of coral skeletons....not the other way around. ah. i see. they look nice. just hard to grow corals over them.
but they'll act as liverock, correct?
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They have decent surface area, but I'm thinking its gonna be hard to build a decent aquascape. In a 6ft tank with reef, and even just for the fish, building aquascapes that provide swim thru areas and spots to place future coral and small rock (it'll be attached to). I'd probably consider using a decent amount of base rock that you can build with. With the live rock you've got established already in the 55g, you can easily seed the base rock. Cheaper too.
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the aquascape i had in my cichlid tank with those corals allowed a lot of swim through room and caves for them.

im probably thinking i wont use most of the sharper ones... but i have some blue ones that i think would be perfect
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If the tank is doing well, the rock gets covered in purple coraline algae and coral growth. Won't be blue for long likely. Good idea not to use the sharper ones. Check out combination sump and fuge combo applications. Maybe use it all there.
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