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Old 08-29-2004, 06:33 PM   #1
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Culturing live rock and sand

Hello, im new here so please help me

I know that live rock and sand is expensive, and i heard that you can make it by putting live rock with base rock and the critters will move to the base rock. Does this work with sand? What is the ratio of base to live? How long does this take?

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Old 08-30-2004, 02:30 AM   #2
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Live sand is a waste of money; when you add lr, your sand (or crushed coral) will become live. Make sure to get aragonite sand, not silica based. I would say go with 20-50% lr depending on the cost savings, etc..

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Old 08-30-2004, 05:57 AM   #3
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You don't actually need liverock or sand to seed your tank. Plain base rock and sand will become live from bacteria forming in it. It will take however long your tank takes to cycle, 4-12 weeks in general. Usually around 4-6 tho. The only thing you lose out on with all base rock to start is coraline algae and other nifty little critters. Filtration-wise its all the same.

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