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Old 08-08-2008, 03:13 PM   #81
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Ah IC.... Now what if I get some base rock to start someone was talking about seeding the rock? How would I got about doing that? Sorry I have tons of Questions....
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Base rock will come dry and pretty much white (with little to no coraline algae), you seed that with rock that has the coraline on it, like cured LR should have.
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AH... IC So really doesn't make a difference if you buy live or base cause you still have to buy a LR to seed the base.......
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Well, you can seed a lot of base with a little LR. 75% base and 25% LR should do the trick.
Base rock tends to be a lot cheaper.
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Do i have the Filtration running while my tank is in it cycling or should i do it after cycling is done....??? I purchase the Fluval 405 and I also Purchase a Protein Skimmer. I know I was told to just have a Skimmer and lighting and Live Rock as filtration but it's my first time having a SW tank and I don't want anything to go wrong with it and I know there's a lot to learn but I like to have Crystal Clear Tanks especially when I had my FW tanks. But let me know if having the filtration running while cycling will effect the cycling process...

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The fluval should be up and running without chemical media. You can run the skimmer if you want, but I prefer to have it off until the cycle has ended since I usually notice an impedance of the cycle otherwise. Either route it won't have any negative long-term affects on your system.
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Ok.... So run the Fluval without any media? Why is that? Should the media be in there or will that effect the nitrite and nitrate and ammonia reading?
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Run the fluval with the filter pads, no bioballs or other biological media, and no chemical. The live rock will be your main biological filter and any chemical media may inhibit thorough cycling.
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I had a Fluval 304 on my 55 Reef tank and it was amazing!!! I have now a 305 and its practically the same thing. So I wouldnt agree with the 04 series to be junk. You can always go Wet/Dry those to me are the best for Reef setups. But it depends on the budget. You can find them for relatively cheap, and they are cheaper to maintence. There is tutorials on how to build your own wet/dry setup very very easy!!
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The 05s are easier to open than the 04s, but the 04s are just as good.
I would take out the sponges and fill up at least 1 of the trays with rock rubble. On my 04, I run it with 2 trays of rubble and leave the last one for filter media, if I need it (I generally run purigen in mine).
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