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Old 04-14-2011, 01:01 PM   #11
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some people quarantine everything, while others quarantine just fish. It all depends on how safe you want to be, heres a great article about quarantining, but its a little too much IMO

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure: A Quarantine Tank for Everything by Steven Pro - Reefkeeping.com
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As for live rock - the stuff is expensive. And since you have plenty of time before you set up your tank you may want to take a look into making your own rock! I got impatient and bought base rock. It only takes about 15 minutes to mix it up and in the mold. 2 days to let it dry. Then a LONG time to "cure". When I say "cure" I'm not talking about drying or the same curing process done for live rock. The pH on the DIY rock is extremely high and you have to leave it in fresh water for several months to leech out the minerals that cause the high pH. I've had some sitting in water for about a month and a half now and the pH has come down a bit, but still entirely too high for my tank.

I plan on making more of it because it's a lot of fun and I plan on getting a bigger tank one day.

The biggest two advantages are cost and you can make the shapes and sizes you want rather than having to make stuff work and/or endlessly searching for a perfect piece. Let me know if you're interested and I'll tell you some more about it.
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Old 04-15-2011, 03:02 AM   #13
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Texas holey rock is pretty cheap base rock as well!
Yeah the rsm500 looks to come with everything needed to keep anything you could want in there, except of course the water and rock. Imo it's quite an impressive setup but also has too much of an impressive price for me. (im dreaming of the 130 in which ill have to change the lights)
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Old 04-18-2011, 11:10 AM   #14
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As for live rock - the stuff is expensive. And since you have plenty of time before you set up your tank you may want to take a look into making your own rock! I got impatient and bought base rock. It only takes about 15 minutes to mix it up and in the mold. 2 days to let it dry. Then a LONG time to "cure". When I say "cure" I'm not talking about drying or the same curing process done for live rock. The pH on the DIY rock is extremely high and you have to leave it in fresh water for several months to leech out the minerals that cause the high pH. I've had some sitting in water for about a month and a half now and the pH has come down a bit, but still entirely too high for my tank.

I plan on making more of it because it's a lot of fun and I plan on getting a bigger tank one day.

The biggest two advantages are cost and you can make the shapes and sizes you want rather than having to make stuff work and/or endlessly searching for a perfect piece. Let me know if you're interested and I'll tell you some more about it.
Have you got yours in a separate tank to get the ph level down or is there another way you can do it? Not sure if I can afford to buy a tank to cure the rock! It sounds really cool tho! U got any pics of yours?
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Texas holey rock is pretty cheap base rock as well!
Yeah the rsm500 looks to come with everything needed to keep anything you could want in there, except of course the water and rock. Imo it's quite an impressive setup but also has too much of an impressive price for me. (im dreaming of the 130 in which ill have to change the lights)
Yeah I thought it was too expensive and was going to settle for the 250 but I want to go all out and get the 500 haha! I would regret in future if I didn't get it!
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How much is the 500 supposed to cost
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I think it's around the £3000 mark
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