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Old 06-21-2005, 09:09 AM   #1
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Can a fish-only tank be set up without live rock?

If so, what type of 'dead' rock could/should be used for decoration? What kind of filtration system's are ok for this type of setup, is a sump required, or would a canister filter suffice?
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Old 06-21-2005, 09:18 AM   #2
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Yes it can, however, I do not recommend any SW tank be without LR. It is, by far, the best biological filtration media available. It can be pretty exspensive in the begining so a lot of people use a mixture of LR and base rock. Eventually, the LR will seed the base rock and it ill all be alive. Two sites for you...
www.liverocks.com for the best aqua-cultured LR around
www.hirocks.com for very nice base rock
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Thanks for the reply! About how much live rock would be sufficient for a 120 gallon tank?
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Some suggest 2lbs per gallon, but anywhere between 1 and 2 is good!

I have a 29 gallon with approx. 43lbs right now ... I want to add about 10 more though!
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I would also suggest looking at www.liverocks.com. I believe this is what Lando meant to type, but that other site is interesting too. Definitely the best LR around.

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Dang. If I were to buy 80 pounds of the base live rock from there, and 40 pounds of the Keys live rock, it would cost me almost $640!!! 8O
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I would also suggest looking at www.liverocks.com. I believe this is what Lando meant to type,
Nice catch! That is what I ment. I would do 40lbs of keys or gulf rock from them and 80lbs of baserock from hirocks.com
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20 20 - no one claimed the SW hobby was cheap

I'd get some keyes rock from liverocks.com and then look locally for dead/base rock, or try hirocks.com
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20 20 - no one claimed the SW hobby was cheap
I knew that, and I thought I was prepared for the sticker shock...

Anyway, if I get 120 lbs from Hirock, and 40 lbs live from liverocks.com the cost is down to around $442. Better, eh?
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That is a great plce to start. cha-ching
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