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Old 06-24-2008, 11:11 AM   #1
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lava rock question

i had been planning a 125g cichlid tank, but now i'm toying around w/ the idea of a reef tank. here's the kicker...i have all this lava rock in the tank, and i'm wondering if it is a good base for a reef? also have black tahitian moon sand for substrate. any problems there??
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Old 06-24-2008, 01:48 PM   #2
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Both should be great for a reef tank.
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awesome! ty cmor.

i guess the next question is...what else will i need to add for a reef tank, besides the obvious...lights and a mixing resevoir.

i'm guessing i'll need a sump, skimmer, power head w/ wave maker gizmo.
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How about a RO/DI unit?
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hmmmm...won't the reef benefit from the minerals in the tap water?

if i have to use R/O then i'll prolly stick w/ freshwater.
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Read this. Also RO or RO/DI units are not that expensive. IMO Tap water should not be used in a reef tank.

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really appreciate the input guys. after reading the article, i'm thinking i won't have the time to invest in a reef tank. perhaps in a few years. seems a bit overwhelming for one who hasn't done salt.

so a FO or FOWLR is still a valid option. but...i have a tank already full of lava rock, so FOWLR is prolly not gonna work for me. is there any real benefit to live rock? i never found it to be very attractive.

so if i were to go FO where might i find a good fish index?
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LR houses the beneficial nitrifying bacteria that get the nitrogen cycle going. Read this. All these articles explain why LR is beneficial.

Curing live rock? I didn't even know it was sick!

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I agree with Mike, LR is very important. It also gives your critters a safe place to sleep and hide.
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FO, FOWLR, Reef all take about the same amount of time. FO does not give the fish a palce to rest or hide so IMO that induces some stress. Stress in fish is usually manifested in them getting sick. Therefore a FOWLR is a minimum IMO. Add a sump, a quality protein skimmer and regular partial water changes are all that's needed. Not that much work at all.
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