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Old 12-02-2008, 12:55 PM   #1
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Moving from Brackish to SW

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This is my first group of questions on this upcoming project. In my first post in the Intrductions forum I explained what my intentions are.

Taking the plunge

In short, I've got a 45gal tank, HOF (aquaclear500), Heater, stand, power heads, hood and light.

To avoid killing my wallet right before the holidys, I plan to only purchase a Skimmer and I'm leaning towards the AquaC Remora Pro.

My first question is regarding Live Rock. For my current Brackish setup, I purchased a rather large piece of rock from my LFS. It was a very nice addition to the tank but it quickly turned Brown as the tank get's a bit too much sunlight in it's current location. I'd like to include this rock in my SW setup. How should I go about cleaning this rock before adding it to my new SW tank for the initial cycle? I'll also be adding some live rock around it.

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I would put it into a bucket with some saltwater and take a toothbrush to scrub off the major stuff. Don't worry about getting it to clean because its just going to get nasty again during the tank cycle. Once the tank finishes cycling and you put in your clean up crew they will get things much cleaner then you have any way of doing.
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Old 12-02-2008, 02:25 PM   #3
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thanks Pat! Makes alot of sense

I'm going to head up to the LFS and drop off my current Brackish Inhabitants (ony a couple big guys) and check out their LR selection.
I want to break down the tank ASAP and start cleaning everything.

I will take a photo of the Rock in my current tank to see what you all think. My main concern is IF it will actually be able to become "Live". I have no idea of it's origns as my only goal when purchasing was to keep PH Up in my FW tank. I do believe it's a natural piece of Dead Coral.
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You might want to also think about getting some base rock which will be cheaper and seeding it with some LR.
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IT will become live, they always do and.......It's about TIME! Welcome to the saltwater world!!!
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You might want to also think about getting some base rock which will be cheaper and seeding it with some LR.
OK.. I like the sound of that..

So.. Say my current Rock is approx 15lbs andI think I want to shoot for around 45-70lbs of Rock in the end.

So, I'll need to buy around 40-50lbs of rock. What Ratio (live to base) should I buy?
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Maybe 75% base and 25% Live. Most BR I`ve seen sells for around 2.99 a lb while LR around here sells for about 8.99 a lb. I put 200 lbs of LR in my tank at 8.99 a lb. I wish someone had told me about BR. Hey BTW welcome to AA
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Maybe 75% base and 25% Live. Most BR I`ve seen sells for around 2.99 a lb while LR around here sells for about 8.99 a lb. I put 200 lbs of LR in my tank at 8.99 a lb. I wish someone had told me about BR. Hey BTW welcome to AA
Thanks for the Welcomes..I love the AA references.. My name is Rob, and I'm about to spend ALOT of Money converting to Salt Water...

OK.. really like those ratios.. I don't care if I have to wait longer for the tank to cycle/seed..

I just donated a couple real nice African Ciclids to the LFS and took a look at their Rock Selection.. $13.99/lb for small pieces. YIKES.. Time to shop around. I also priced a Skimmer there. They didn't have the one I bought online but they had the Super Skimmer 65 for $179 which is crazy expensive..
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That`s why I say go with BR. They get away with Robbery on that LR.
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Ok.. so here is where I am at. Last night I emptied my Brackish tank, and clean all the powerheads and the filter. I ordered the AquaC Remora Pro Skimmer and should have this early next week.

My next question is should I order the LR Now? I can mix up some SW and add it to a garbage can in my basement with some Powerheads. Or, should I just get the tank all set up first, then Cure the rock in it once it's running and use the LR to Cycle the tank?
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