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Old 09-03-2009, 05:07 PM   #11
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As a future note: When you do decide on corals remember that they need alot more light then a FO system. That goes for anemones too.

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Base rock (Rock that is not live).
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I`m going to add just a little to etunes post. BR is rock that`s not alive but can be live over time in your tank.


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Thanks for the heads up about the lighting, thincat. It will be quite a while before I even attempt corals, at least a year, but I planned on having to do upgrades later on anyway.

I will go ahead and get some base rock for the tank. Would the 15lb box from Marco Rocks be enough, or do I have to spring some extra for the 25lb? Here's the link.
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Well, the rule of thumb is 1.5-2lbs per gallon, if you are going to be using the rock as your source of filtration. So.. in this case, if you just want the rock for show, and are going to be using another source of filtration, then i'd say sure, go for the 15lb box. But if you are looking to use the rock as means of filtration, then go with the 25lb box. How much rock do you currently have in the tank?

So just think, if you're not really on a budget, then to completely setup your means of biological filtration with live rock, then you are going to want 40-45lbs of rock, minimum. Anything less, and you may be taking a chance on whether or not the rock can keep up with the bio-load of your inhabitants. But like i said before, that's all depending on whether or not you are running a separate source of filtration, and not just filtration from the live rocks.
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Depends on the density of the rock. If it is very porous like figi, you will need less, if not porous and very dense like carribean, you will need more. 1-2lbs. per gallon is good IMO. I would get about 25lbs. of base rock and 5-10lbs. of live rock and add more if needed.

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