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Old 08-17-2011, 12:24 AM   #31
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The base rock will be seeded by the live rock and become live after a few weeks. After a month or so you wont be able to tell the difference. I have about 100lbs of base rock in my tank now and cant tell what is what anymore. LOL

You could also cycle your tank with all base rock if you wanted, would just need an ammonia source like a dead shrimp or pure ammonia.
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She's right, I have done that with several display reefs. You just need to tack on a few extra weeks for the biology to take hold. That is what the guys that culture the rock do anyway.
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Old 08-17-2011, 12:30 AM   #33
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Ok. So if I got 250 base and only 50 live then it would only take a few weeks. Some were I was told it takes like a yr to become live. (prob Lfs trying to sell me live) were can I get just base rock at?
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Old 08-17-2011, 12:38 AM   #34
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I got mine all at ReefCleaners.org | Clean Up Crews and Macro Algae. It's $105 for 50lbs right now with free shipping.
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That rock looks nice. Just what I wanted. Now when it comes to stacking. I have Hurd about 3 ways people do it.

1. Just plain old stack.

2. Drilling holes and using PVC pipe to make the structure in the shapes u want.

3. Building a structure and using zip ties to attatch rocks. I went to the Dallas aquarium the other day and saw a lot of there stuff set up like this. And gave me some very cool ideas for mine.

Not sure what the good and bad to each is. The stacking scares me on this size ad cost of tank. That if i mess it up and it all falls down then breaks something. The zip tie one as well with the zip ties maybe breaking over time.

Ty for the link. Will be saving it so when I start this build I can get good rock. Love the big holes all through it.
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I stacked ,my rock very very carefully. Its best to put in first then add the sand so no sand diggers can dislodge your masterpiece. LOL

I wasnt up for drilling holes and zip ties, too much effort and I'm alwasy changing my rock around so I like that I can change it up when I want.
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I stacked ,my rock very very carefully. Its best to put in first then add the sand so no sand diggers can dislodge your masterpiece. LOL

I wasnt up for drilling holes and zip ties, too much effort and I'm alwasy changing my rock around so I like that I can change it up when I want.
Same with me, started with the big rocks on the bottom in direct contact. Built up from there. I didn't want zip ties showing. To make big rock overhangs, you can use marine cement, or the pin method. I was too lazy to do that and my first guess for the coral placement always ended up getting changed.
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Omg. What did I get myself into....
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Looks like fun to me...get your credit card ready. That picture represents about 1/2 the total costs associated with stocking a reef. At least you can do it slowly. Congrats!
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Yea. And at least it has the sump. Skimmer. Lights. And looks like 3 power heads. Will be posting more pics when I get everything out.
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