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Old 02-22-2005, 08:13 AM   #1
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Advice for new fo tank

Hello all! I am new to this site. I have a few questions about starting a FO tank. My plan is to put about 20 lbs of live rock, powerhead and a protein skimmer for a 10 gallon tank. Not to sure about substrate yet, perhaps live sand. As far as fish go, probably just a pair of false perculas.
My question is, what is a good protein skimmer for not to much $$$. Also what type of live rock to you suggest?
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Old 02-22-2005, 08:52 AM   #2
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That seems to be a little too much rock for the tank... I would go 15 pounds max. For a 10 gallon tank, I've used the skilter 250, its a little loud and I would use a lime air stone to supplement it's skimming capability. It is also a mechanical/wet dry filter. I never had trouble with it...
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I think the 20 lbs of LR is great. With that and a good skimmer you wont need any other filtration. Keep up with regular water changes and you should not have any problems. Definately use sand as a substrate ascc will lead to high nitrates. Check out www.liverocks.com they are a site sponser and have great LR
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Old 02-22-2005, 09:35 AM   #4
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Liverocks.com has beautiful rocks, but the shipping costs more than the rocks! Anyone know of a good place in California to get some good [acronym="Live rock"]LR[/acron
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It seems there are a few places selling mainly figi. also toga, haiti, and alor
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Old 02-22-2005, 09:41 AM   #5
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For me even with shipping the cost is cheaper than local LR. The LR around here is pretty dead anyway so it is worth the wait and shipping costs
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40lbs livesand(bag from LFS), 30lbs live rock(LR.com)
2 O. Clowns
1 peppermint shrimp, 5 red leg hermit crabs,
4 mexican turbo snails, 15 nassarius snails
ricordea mushroom, candy cane coral,
super color polyps, hairy mushrooms
bubble coral, hawiian feather duster
coralife lunar 2x65, HOT magnum canister
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Old 02-22-2005, 09:52 AM   #6
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well, its about $8 a pound through liverocks.com with shipping. I would be a little nervous buying uncured rock though. I have never attempted it before, and would hate to screw up $200 in rock
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The rock from LR.com doesn't need to be cured, especially if you're adding it into a tank that you're cycling anyway. You'll probably need to add a raw shrimp to really kick start a cycle with it. They do a great job picking, packing and shipping the rock. Sounds scary, but it really isn't. Their Keys rock is exceptionally beautiful and well worth it.
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