Originally Posted by Radar
Wait if I get live rock for my tank and it envitably has coral on it then wouldn't it be considered a reef
I guess you could consider it a reef. I think what they mean though Is will you be purposely trying to grow coral. If you are going to be buying specific corals then you are going to need good lights. If there is coral on the live rock and you don't care if it dies and if you aren't planning on buying corals to put in your tank then you are going FOWLR
(fish only with live rock).
About the water- if you don't want to get the RODI
unit right now that will probably be ok. You should buy RO
water though. I have a 55 gal
freshwater tank but my tap water is high nitrates and pH. I buy 10 gallons of RO
water at my local grocery store ( about 39 cents a gallon. Less than 5 dollars!) and is it for my pwc
's. I actually use a mix of 10 gals RO
and 5-6 gals tap water because my plants and snails need the minerals in my tap water. It brings my nitrates and PH down to a reasonable level. When I turn my tank into a reef I will get an RODI
unit. Look into seeing about how close a grocery store is to you and how much their RODI
water is. You'd probably only need a couple gallons a week since a 10 gal
is not going to take that much water for a pwc
and a couple gallons for topping off the tank to compensate for evaporation.