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Old 04-19-2013, 09:45 PM   #1
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We just purchased a 55 gallon tank that we want to set up as a saltwater tank. We have been told that we need at least 55lbs of live rock in it. They said we could start off with less and add more as we go. What would be the minimum we should start off with?
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If you go base rock it will be cheaper...

Are you planning on doing a reef?

Edit: you can seed the base rock with live rock
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we are planning on doing reef.
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Old 04-19-2013, 09:53 PM   #4
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Depending on the density of the rock you may actually want more than 55 pounds. Get as much as you can afford and then add rock as you go.

You can use a filter in the meantime
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so there is no minimum I should start with?
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Old 04-19-2013, 09:58 PM   #6
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Nope

Your reef is a growing and maturing thing.... Therefore you can add and subtract as you see fit. In this hobby it can be expensive so take your time.

I ordered my base rock off of Amazon for two bucks a pound
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Check out reefrocks.net. 50 lbs for $85 shipped. Add $15 more and you get 40 lbs of sand too. All you need then is to seed it with some live rock.
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+1 on Reefrocks. Just received 50 lbs and love it. Nice pieces. Very light and porous. I can take a pic once I'm home.
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If you want a quick cycle, I would start with 20 pounds at least, of live cultured rock and the maybe 20 -30 of dry live rock.
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thank you everyone for the information!
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