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Old 06-29-2005, 08:07 PM   #1
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When makeing a reef tank, does all the rock have to be live, or any of it at all? At the LFS they sell Lace Rock and its only2.99 a pound. It looks almost identical to Tonga rock except for the fact that it is a bit darker in color. Will corals attach themselves onto this kind of rock?

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Old 06-29-2005, 08:10 PM   #2
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i did a 80% baserock from hirocks.com (30 lbs shipped for 48 bucks, less then two bucks a pound) and 20% LR. The LR will seed the baserock. How big is your tank.
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Its only a 33 gallon tank.
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Old 06-29-2005, 09:06 PM   #4
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I would get 30 lbs from hirocks.com and then get 10-20 lbs live rock to seed it. Much cheaper if you are willing to wait 6 months for it to built coralline on the base.
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what brendan said, thats pretty much what i did.
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Filtration: 50lbs LR.com, 60lbs sand

Swimmers: 2 O. Clowns, Yellow Watchman, Firefish, Yellow Tang, Dottyback.

Clean-Up: Several snail & hermits, Skunk Cleaner, 2 Peps.

Corals: 2 zoo colonies, yellow polyps, star polyps
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Me too 500 lbs base and 350lbs live.
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8O $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ 8O
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Yeah I know. When I started this aquarium I was expecting to spend $6-7,000. $14,000 later there is no end in sight. If there is a end.
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I went with the 100% live rock but it was expensive. About 8.99 a poundbut I`m glad I did. Whatever floats the boat
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