There are actually two types of life on LR
, the stuff you can see and the stuff you can not see. What makes LR
truly a benefit to the tank is all of the beneficial bacteria that grows all over it's surface. What makes LR
nice to look at is all of the visible life you can see...sponges, corals, algaes, clams...
The beneficial really needs nothing, just a stable environment to grow in. The visible life will need good water parameters, the proper CA
is important as well. Lighting will also make a difference. Adding 40-60lbs of good looking LR
to your base rock will be plenty to seed it. Over time, your BR will all become live.
Movement is very important to the health of a tank. You want to turn-over your tank's volume 15-20 times/hr.