I was wondering how much live rock I should buy? Would it be smarter to get just a little live rock with some base rock?
usually a FOWLR
or Reef will have 1.5-2 pounds of LR
per gallon. Using base rock and LR
will save you cash and there is nothing wrong with using a combination of the two.
Would the live rock seed the base rock?
If so, would it be worth it?
Is 29 gal to small?
Matter of opinion. Most will tell you, for your first leap into SW
, the bigger the better. Larger tanks have more stable water parameters and are a little more forgiving to new SW
keepers who are stilling learning good SW
I've already ordered some of that New Castle/Southdown sand, and I think I'm gonna buy some of that live sand that is actually still IN sea water?
Southdown is great stuff can't go wrong there. Don't waste your time buying the "live sand" that it's a bag on a shelf. Go to a LFS
and ask to buy some LS
from one of their tanks (they probably have a tank full of LS
just for this) the stuff in the bag may have some bacteria (debatable) but it definitely doesn't have any flora or fauna and thats the most important part of a DSB
What other questions do I need to ask? I've been into freshwater for many yrs, never salt.
Every question you can think of!! I was a freshie for a long time (still have a 20 gal
) its not a huge leap, just different things to look for and keep under control. Read our articles in the articles section and search our forums for any questions you have, most have already been answered and any that haven't... post away!! We're here to help :D