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Old 09-09-2004, 04:51 PM   #11
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well take a look in my gallery. in the main tank i have about 60 lbs of rock in the 46 gal tank. the tank it like 3 ft long nd about 12-18 inches high. just to give you an idea of what 60 lbs looks like.
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A 46 gal bow front (Soft coral) reef tank with a 10 gal sump. And a 30 gal (SPS and Clam) reef tank hooked up to the sump of the 46 so they share water.
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Old 09-09-2004, 06:27 PM   #12
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That is the same looking dry base rock I picked up at lfs for $1 / lb. I used 60% dry and 40 % lr. There is a pic in my galery at 2 months.
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Old 09-09-2004, 07:12 PM   #13
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Thats alot EVERYONE!

I have a couple more questions for you guys:

- If I wanted about 3" of sand substrate in my 55 gallon tank, approx. how many pounds of sand do you think that would be?

- Since I'm not going to have live rock for biological filtration, would I need to put any special kinds of media into my canister filter? Right now I use Bio-Chem Zorb (which removes dissolved organic waste and other pollutants), and Micro filtration pads (which remove fine waste and sediment, and also helps clear up the water). Would it be OK to just put the same type of media in that I'm currently using for my FW tank?

I really appreciate all the help you guys have given me, I feel like I'm ready to start my tank cycling. I just ordered 60lbs. of base rock, and I'm going to order 2 Maxi-Jet 1200 Powerheads, a CPR Bak Pak Skimmer, as well as white marine sand, just as soon as I know how much to order.
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Old 09-09-2004, 07:16 PM   #14
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There is a calculater at the top of the page. But I think about 100 lbs
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Old 09-09-2004, 07:19 PM   #15
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I think I used 2 bags for my 55 and got about 4" out of it. I don't remember if they were 50 or 60lb bags, so from 100-120 pounds or so.
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Wow, more than I expected. Thanks guys.
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Old 09-09-2004, 07:35 PM   #17
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If you're going to have 60 lbs base rock then you won't need any additional biological media in your canister. Once your cycle is done you'll have enough biological filtration from the rock. Just use the canister to run carbon and for extra waterflow.
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Really, that's awesome! What do you mean by using my filter to run carbon?
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I mean use it with activated carbon granules for chemical filtration.
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