Greetings gentlemen, I am from PA as well...small world.
I agree with jackdp, and would like to add that you might want to look at some aquacultured lr
) mixed with less expensive base rock. I have been adding base rock to my 45g tank (to get me up to 1.5lb/ g), my lfs
has it for $1.19 lb. You can get it online at many lr
dealers or even www.hirocks.com
. You basically just set it under your lr
and forget it, then as the weeks and months go by it becomes populated and live. Based on this, you could do 30lb lr
, + 60lb base for just over $200! Less than the cost of a wet/dry! You could run an emporer 400 hob
as the base rock is populating, then just use it for carbon filtration. I have this on my 45, it is huge and it seems to be twice as fast cycling water as I need. It has 2 containers (like the canisters do) for adding gac
or other media. It is a little noisy compared to a canister but half the cost, so the choice is yours. I only run mine a once in a while now.
You will be happy later on if you go with lr
, so will your fish! also the cost of fake decorations can get really costly, easily $100-200! When you look at it that way, the decorations and hiding spots + wet/dry it could cost more than lr
Take care and keep us posted-