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Old 11-01-2015, 08:29 PM   #1
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I am staring a 10 gallon tank and cant afford the hefty prices of live rock. is live rock absolutely essential or is there something I can use instead. if so, what? Also, is a white-only LED light system sufficient for my fish only setup?
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Get dry rock. It's about a 1/3 the price of live rock and will become live over time. And yes any sort of light works for fowlr


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I agree with dry rock and any lighting is OK for FOWLR.
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Is there any corals that can live under white only LED Lights. Or do I need to buy a specific kind of light?
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There are specific kinds as all LEDs aren't created equal. You need high powered LEDs, while most are really accent lighting with under 1 watt of power to each diode.
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what type light is it how many watt ect , you'll need one that pushes around 3w per led
how big of a tank
there are some corals that will do good under a white light but very small window there
mushrooms and maybe leathers
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You can use dry rock; however it won't become live rock over time. You can seed the dry rock with a small amount of live rock. This will be your best shot of having the dry rock look like live rock over time. As far as lighting, if it's a FOWLR white only would be fine.
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You can use dry rock; however it won't become live rock over time. You can seed the dry rock with a small amount of live rock. This will be your best shot of having the dry rock look like live rock over time. As far as lighting, if it's a FOWLR white only would be fine.
correct about lighting incorrect about rock

dry rock can become live over time (without anything seeding it) and look the exact same; both can grow coraline algae, both can turn darker, both will be live.
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I think he just miss worded that fingers got ahead of his thought
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I did not mistype my statement, dry rock does not become live rock without seeding it. There is not way to get the biodiversity on dry rock without seeding it with quality live rock. There is a lot more to live rock then coraline algae. If you want to use rock as a natural filtration, coraline algae on dry rock will do minimal for you. Also, dry rock that was once live rock will have dead organisms in the small cracks and crevices that you would never be able to fully clean out. This and coraline algae can seal the pores in the rock, reducing the biological filtration capacity.

Now with that said, back to mdub's questions, live rock is not necessarily required for a fish only tank, as long as you have some other filtration.
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