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Old 07-22-2011, 05:39 PM   #1
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Do You Have To Have Live Rock?

I was reading about "Fish Only" systems of saltwater so does that mean its just fish with no live rock?????
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Old 07-22-2011, 06:30 PM   #2
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Yep, FO = fish only , FOWLR = Fish only with live rock, lr just adds a quick cycle and added filtration, dry base rock turns to live rock after a while in an aquarium

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Ok good because I really want saltwater fish but live rock is so expensive.
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You can buy base rock that is awesome for like 2.50 a lb.

Reefcleaners is having a sale still I think for 50lbs for like $100. Check them out.
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That sounds good but I don't have 100$ to spend lol
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Well you could probably get some locally and with that its not "live" so you can add the rock as you want without curing it or worrying about hitch hikers. It doesn't have to be all at once.

Theres some real benefit to having rock in the tank, it acts as a major part of your filtration and the more the better (within reason)
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Oh ok well I think I'm gonna start with a fish only tank and build up from that
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Good luck! Show us pics when you have them.
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Thanks! I will but it might be awhile before I get them gotta get some money first
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Not wanting to some-what hijack this thread, but is there anything different in the cycling process when utilizing base rock rather than live like this? I just ordered in 30lbs of base rock from reefcleaners.org for my developing 20g long as it is quite a bit cheaper than live rock, especially with their free shipping on 30+lbs, and I'm not really in any kinda of a hurry to get the tank established so don't mind if it takes a while to get cycled.
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