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Old 12-10-2008, 10:59 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by Kurt_Nelson View Post
Wow... LFS won't go below $10/lb when buying 50 lbs worth?! You'd think they'd throw you a bone or something!

Regarding cycling with a shrimp AND live rock... no, it won't hurt to throw in some shrimp. Personally, I would. I cycled my tank with cured live rock and still threw in a shrimp to make sure. After a couple weeks of no ammonia or nitrites, but increasing nitrates, it made me sure the rock really was "live" and ready to go.
No.. they won't. Though, I admit, their tanks are cheaper. I got my 55 for 300, with the light and stand included.

Thanks for confirming with the shrimp, I didn't think it could hurt. I think I've already decided on the fish, as well. This forum is so fast with answers haha. =] Thanks everyone. I'll have to post pics of my progress.

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Old 12-11-2008, 12:34 PM   #12
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My suggestion, go with 75% base rock ( try marcorocks.com and 25 uncured rock). Use 1 unseasoned raw jumbo shrimp (much cheaper than a real live fish) per 30 gallons (for your ammonia source) to cycle your tank.
Save some more money and get dry aragonite sand (skip on the "live sand").
Invest (from what you saved on the live sand and cured LR) and buy a refractometer.
I'm not sure if marcorocks.com is a good deal, but he gave me a good deal on the 150LBs I bought from him.
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Old 12-16-2008, 07:39 AM   #14
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I know this might be a long shot but I visited this LFS of mine that is close to Raleigh NC and he has roughly a 1600 gal reef tank that I wish at the time I had my camera with me! http://reefkeepersaquarium.com.

This guy was no BS. He buys straight from the divers and has the most awesome reef tank I have ever seen.

I am sure he will work with you on rock, fish, coral, lights, etc!

I went in with over $500 and he would not sell me lights because of the size of my tank. BTW I only have a 29 gal FOWLER. It's worth a shot. In the left corner of his reef tank he has a giant clam! I don't know how many LFS keep this critter but he says he has had it for over five years, very nice. Anyways Good luck with your tank!

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