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Old 06-15-2013, 04:42 PM   #1
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Any tips or advice for a first time saltwater aquascaper? I got my 75 lb shipment of "Reef Saver" rock from BRS the other day and after throwing a few ideas around this is what I came up with.

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Old 06-15-2013, 06:26 PM   #2
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That looks good so far. But I would try to create more spaces in between to let water flow through.
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Old 06-17-2013, 02:09 PM   #3
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Thanks. Do you mean to add more spaces like the one on the right or..?
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Old 06-17-2013, 04:36 PM   #4
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Thanks. Do you mean to add more spaces like the one on the right or..?
Yes. Just 1-3 inch so most fish can swim through. It's looks cool when fish go through them and it doesn't restrict water flow.
Nice rocks keep posting pics...
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Old 06-17-2013, 04:59 PM   #5
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Yes. Just 1-3 inch so most fish can swim through. It's looks cool when fish go through them and it doesn't restrict water flow.
Nice rocks keep posting pics...
Alright, cool. I'll mess around with it some more today and tomorrow. Ill also be adding more rock in a couple months so ill have to move it around again haha but ill see what I can come up with for now.
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Old 06-18-2013, 12:30 AM   #6
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Ideally you want the rocks placed in a way so there are spaces crevices and caves .

1) the water flows freely around them ,
This helps with natural filtration.
2) plenty of hiding places for tank mates
3) If planning on placing corals it will give you places to place ones that require allot of light close to the top and lower light on sand bed with overhangs to shadow .
Ill add a picture of mine .
Kept in mind mine is only about 3-4 months since being cycled
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Old 06-18-2013, 12:33 AM   #7
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Alright, cool. I'll mess around with it some more today and tomorrow. Ill also be adding more rock in a couple months so ill have to move it around again haha but ill see what I can come up with for now.


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Old 06-18-2013, 01:30 AM   #8
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Very nice. What are you doing to build the bacteria in those rocks? You did very well with the placement! Some small adjustments for flow will make it perfect.
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Very nice. What are you doing to build the bacteria in those rocks? You did very well with the placement! Some small adjustments for flow will make it perfect.
For bacteria ?
I cycled the tank with all the rock in there ,
I don't understand what you mean ?
And small adjustments for flow ?
I have stronger flow above the anemone ,
It seams he likes the current through his tentacles ,
If I move the power head higher he will stand it rather then spread out .
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For bacteria ?
I cycled the tank with all the rock in there ,
I don't understand what you mean ?
And small adjustments for flow ?
I have stronger flow above the anemone ,
It seams he likes the current through his tentacles ,
If I move the power head higher he will stand it rather then spread out .
I started this tank and ran it with only sand , live rock and a 2 pieces or raw shrimp to start the nitrification cycle ,
You need the shrimp as a ammonia source ,
Which turns to nitrite then to nitrate .
I cheated and used bottled colony nitrification bacteria ,
It helped speed up the process and it skipped the nitrite stage .
I didn't put any live stock in for 2 months .
When I was sure the cycle was complete .
I've been adding slowly since with weekly water changes to keep all parameters in check ,
Mainly nitrate
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