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Old 09-05-2011, 11:46 AM   #11
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ok that makes sense.. so basically i need the liverock so i can start the cycle, and baserock is mainly decortive but has potential to become live rock. and i want to introduce everything all at once when i set it up correct?
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Old 09-05-2011, 11:52 AM   #12
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ok that makes sense.. so basically i need the liverock so i can start the cycle, and baserock is mainly decortive but has potential to become live rock. and i want to introduce everything all at once when i set it up correct?
Depends. And u can use straight ammonia to start ur cycle or a couple of dead shrimp. It'll be a month before u add livestock...
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Not a pain at all. Thats what this forum is for. lol Ipsnet HOURS yesterday going back and forth over plumbing questions on a new tank. No one seemed to mind. Actually they seemed really glad to help.

The live rock will have critters and beneficial bacteria on it already, when placed in the tank with dead or base rock the base rock will "catch" the live ness of the live rock and then it will all be live. Within a few months the base rock will look just like the live rock. And within weeks the base rock will become live with bacteria from the LR and from your cycle.

I'd say get 15lbs of base rock at least and about 5 lbs of live rock. Thats about right I'd say. It's recommended to have 1.5 to 2 lbs of rock per gallon. I'm just giving you the min you should have.
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I would add both rock at the same time so it can cycle togehter. The live rock will also help produce some ammonia whichis needed for your cycle. Do you have a API liquid test kit? Casue you will def need it. About $20 on amazon.com
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I would plan on getting corals later on just in case. I was planning a fowlr (Fish Only With Live Rock) but since I already had a sump and lights, I decided to go full on reef.
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is only doing a FOWLR or having corals, benifit from one another?. like easeir to maintain or set up?.

I was reading other articles on here about the different testers and tools, the mains things i will test for is? salinity which i beleive is like how much salt is in the water?.. please correct me if i am wrong. ammonia's, and nitrates? i'm yanking my hair out over here..lol and isn't there nitrites aswell?
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In a fowlr you would test the same things as fw, except of r the salinity. Once you start up a decent coral population you would have to start testing for calcium, magnesium, alkalinuity and phosphates.

The main difference in the fowlr vs. the corals is the lights and the salinity. FOWLR can get away with about 1.021-1.024 while a full reef it is suggested keeping the salinity at 1.025 which is pretty close to natural seawater at 1.026.

Also with corals you need better than average water parameters like nitrates.
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