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Old 07-21-2013, 11:51 PM   #11
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Live rock should be your filter. It serves multiple purposes so definitely get as much as you can. You can get some live rock and the rest dry base rock and it will become live before you know it, usually in a few weeks.

You still will want to either get an ro/di unit or find a cheap enough store where you can buy the water every week. Using ro/di water will be a great thing even with a fowlr tank, you will avoid most of the headaches you can have using tap water.
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That's how I run my 55g. I have found that starting with all live rock helps and you really do need a lot. - at least 1-2 pounds per gallon. This method works best with good flow and a protein skimmer is a must. Don't skimp on this, get one rated for at least twice your water volume. You still have to do weekly water changes, I do 15%
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Ohhh dang water changes every week that's a lot of work for me I injured my shoulder and back last year and its still not recovered and 1-2ibs per gallon that a lot it's a 40g tank and its a tall and what does live rock even do can someone tell me this lol I'm 16 and I like this more than research cuz I get opinions here and better advice
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Old 07-22-2013, 12:04 AM   #14
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Also what should my salinity lvl be along with specific gravity lol
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.023-25 and live rock keeps all the BB that's gonna get rid of bad juju as well as provide inhabitants with hiding places
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Old 07-22-2013, 12:12 AM   #16
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Live rock will help for a quick start but base rock will turn live in time. Id go base with a piece or two of live.
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Old 07-22-2013, 12:13 AM   #17
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Of I can't get it above .008
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Old 07-22-2013, 12:14 AM   #18
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Ok so live rock doesn't grow plants or anything???
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Make sure you got powerhead in mixing and you wanna give it time to stabilize. Tap your hydrometer a few times as well when your getting readings
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Old 07-22-2013, 12:19 AM   #20
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No liverock doesn't grow anything but coraline and good bacteria. Purple coraline looks great btw. As long as it's not too much and filling in all or-faces hindering filtration.
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