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Old 04-01-2011, 09:15 AM   #11
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you really don't need any live rock, but if you want the diversity, like the previously mentioned pods and worms and such, then you'll have to add them at some point. i would use as much base rock as you can to save money.

live rock doesn't need any light to be live. already mentioned above is that the important part about it is the bacteria, not the presence of photosynthetic creatures.
as for the difference between live rock and a plastic scuba diver bubbler- the scuba diver will never have anaerobic zones and will never process nitrate.

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A few more random questions

Heres where Im at. 55 gal tank, I have 60 lbs Live sand, 25 lbs base rock, saltwater. Aquaclear 110 is running and a koralia 1400 powerhead.
my spec. gravity is 1.023

1) Is the live sand enough to cycle the tank? Im trying to build up ammonia right?

2) When do I add critters? Should I do that now? ...
3) When do I start adding fish?

4) Also I bought water at a place called windmill express where you fill up your 5 gallon containers. It supposed to be rev osmosis filtered and also filterd a few other ways. Should I still add Prime to the tank. The local fish shop sold it to me bc I was originally going to use tap water. Im leary about using it and not sure if I need it now. Is it safe now that I have added sand and rock?

Also I still plan on getting protein skimmer as someone suggested and will be getting a test kit soon. thanks
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what i would do is add about 30-40 more pounds of that base rock, then add an ammonia source, like some rotting fish or even pure ammonia. i don't think the live sand will start the cycle. what the rock will do is provide ample surface area for a bacteria colony to grow. the more rock you have, the healthier your tank will be, within reason (you don't want so much rock you can't provide decent flow in the tank and limit dead spots).

do not add any livestock to the tank until it's completely cycled. this may take a few weeks. adding livestock early will definitely put them in a poisonous, and possibly deadly environment.

if you are using R.O. water you won't need the prime. i would invest in a T.D.S. meter. it's a small device for checking total dissolved solids in water. they are like 15-20 bucks. you can get them on ebay.
you can use it to check the water you are buying to make sure it's good to use.

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