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Old 07-30-2006, 02:09 AM   #1
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questions regarding LR and heaters

ok so right now my 20g FOWLR tank is all nicly set up and i want to get some live rock to help with the cycle and to make my tank somewhat more interesting. I was thinking of buying like 5-10lbs of rock just to start out, but i dont know what kind to get! was looking at Fiji and Tonga rock. On jlaquatics.com Fiji is about $4.59/lbs and tonga is about 5.95/lbs (canadian). WHich rock would you recommend? im looking for a more hardy rock, if their is such a thing.

Also, my heater just plain sucks!! SO i want to see your input on new heaters, its for a 20g right now, but i might get a 40g if i end up liking SW, so i will prob get a 200W heater...Thanks a bunch
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Heater: Get a titanium heater. The glass ones have a risk of breaking and trust me... you don't want that

LR: I don't know about Tonga but I like Fiji rocks. I don't think any rock is "hardier" than other rocks. The difference in the price is due to the stuff that come w/ the rocks (coralline, sponges, hihitchers, etc)
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the price difference is more due to location the rock comes from. fiji is nice and lacey, tonga is more branchy and sometimes slabbed, like a tabletop.
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I vote for Figi too. I don't really like the Tonga rock, and like Hara said, it's alot harder to work with because of the shape.

As for heaters, I use Ebo and Visitherm on my Tanks. No complaints. I like the Visitherm a bit more.
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I have both types in my tank. I have Marshall Island rock also. Fiji is good rock for the price. I paid 8.99 a lb for mine at the LFS. 200 LBS you do the math.
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I paid 8.99 a lb for mine at the LFS. 200 LBS you do the math. jaw_drop
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I wanted to hand pick mine not just get a box and not know what I got.
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Heater: Get a titanium heater. The glass ones have a risk of breaking and trust me... you don't want that
Definitely, the next time I have a large order, I am woing with Titanium. If the glass ones break, you will get electricity running through your tank. Very dangerous and could possibly kill you and/or your critters.

As for the rock, I alos, like to pick mine out. I have no preference to the different rocks or locations where they came from.

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I would shoot for 1/5-2LBs per gallon of water, for better biological filtration.
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I wanted to hand pick mine not just get a box and not know what I got.
Yea, i like picking my own rock too, but... $9 per pound?! XD I get Fiji LR from my LFS for 3.99 per pound and i was crying hehe

Soz, abit off topic :P
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If the glass ones break, you will get electricity running through your tank. Very dangerous and could possibly kill you and/or your critters.
That is why having GFCI outlets is a MUST on a fish tank!
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