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Old 08-04-2008, 12:33 AM   #11
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Personally I am a big fan of the Oceanic salt mix. It mixes great, and dissolves almost instantly and completely.

Should be fine on cycling, and yes you have to use saltwater to cycle the tank.
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Old 08-04-2008, 04:02 PM   #12
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Will i need a heater , protein skimmer, power head when doing the cycle if i onlly have live rock and live sand. Or will the filter be enough.
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Heater can't hurt, but if nothing in there, and summer time you can prob get away without one. Set it up and see what your temp is, and how steady it stays. Big changes are the killer. Power head and skimmer are not required for cycling. Can't hurt if you have em, but I would not rush out and buy them. Not going to be much to skim first of all. The power head could be nice just to see if it changes your temp or any other details. All in all the answer is not required, but if you have em go for it.
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Thanks for the info ogden!

I am having trouble finding a good place to buy live rock. I have heard that liveaquaria is not a good place does anyone know of a good one. Is buying uncured live rock the same thing as bace rock. Or is base rock a totally different thing all together.
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I buy all my LR from my LFS here in Chicago. They have good selection and fair prices. I personally have never ordered LR mail order...I am sure someone else will chime in.

Check this out for some decent definitions of rock
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Base rock is dried out (usually white) that will become live after time.
Marco Rocks The finest aquarium rock available, base rock, live rock, reef rock, marco rock, reef tank saltwater fish, live corals, Marco rocks, Fiji live rock, Tonga Live rock
That's where I got my base from. You can save lots of money by going the base rock seeded with some LR. Shoot for 75% base to 25% LR.
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Do you buy your live rocks there also or just your base rocks
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I bought my LR from the LFS.
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look on craigslist for something like a 55 gallon tank, you may be able to get one for close to free.
Yep, true. I just got a 29g with light/hood/heater/filter/ornaments for $50 a couple of weeks ago from a real nice young couple who were getting ready to put it in a yard sale. I was able to buy it from them before the yard sale. I was happy and so were they!
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LR is available on ebay as well, for around 3.50 pound shipped.

Also, I don't agree with the statement that a powerhead isn't required during cycling. You'll want the water moving.
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