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Old 07-29-2011, 11:56 PM   #1
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Power Head Needed For Fish Only?

My mom says live rock is to expensive so I'm doing fish only SW tank. I was wondering if the power head is need for a fish only system. Thanks
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Yes very much. You should also look into buying base rock. Or even go on craigslist to buy live rock
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Yes very much. You should also look into buying base rock. Or even go on craigslist to buy live rock
Ok thanks I'll try and get some but idk.
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Old 07-30-2011, 12:19 AM   #4
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As slitherbomb suggested, base rock is quite a bit cheaper than live rock, and will simply take a little more time to reach the ability to provide biological filtration. I've research the options quite a bit recently and just received 30lbs of base rock to start up a 20g SW tank.

What size tank do you have/are planning, and what other items are on shopping/wish list?
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It's a ten gallon and I have everything I want and need for it for fish only.....also how much salt for 10 gallons?
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base rock will become live at the same speed as ocean rock providing there is an adequate ammonia source.
to answer your question- yes, water movement is necessary to provide gas exchange and aerate the water, and also keep detritus (uneaten food and fish poop) from settling before your mechanical filtration can remove it.
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