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Old 01-26-2012, 01:49 AM   #1
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Too much live rock?

Hello all. I recently decided to get serious about my aquarium hobby. I am at a point where I have a question. I have a 55 gallon tank and I just put in about 100# of live rock. Looking at the tank it seems like too much. I eventually want a reef tank. I would just like some input. Does it look crowded? Any comments would help. Thank you

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Old 01-26-2012, 02:17 AM   #2
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Eh....ya i think thats too much. I like the look but it seems very crowded
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Old 01-26-2012, 04:52 AM   #3
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It looks alright to me. I wouldn't put any fish over 3-4inches long inside that tank.
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Old 01-26-2012, 09:10 AM   #4
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That's empty right? I like lots of rock personally, have to be careful though adding that much at once it could cause some deadly spikes in the parameters. Aesthetically speaking, maybe try stacking it more in the middle .
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Old 01-26-2012, 09:26 AM   #5
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It looks good. I don't know if you are going to have many LPS but if you are you might want to open up a little sand bed. A 55 gallon tank is to narrow to do much with, I have one and wish all the time it was a 75 or 120 gallon lol
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^^^agreed with how narrow a 55 is. But I had to pick one up at petco it was a dollar a gallon and 55 was the biggest they sold.
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Old 01-26-2012, 10:11 AM   #7
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I personally like to have some "open water" starting with the highest point on one side tapering down to leave about 1/4 of the tank open with maybe some rock debris on the floor
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I'd stack it a bit higher and keep it away from the side walls as it'll get really ugly looking there if you can't clean it. I've had rock as close to 2" from the top of the water. And try to stack some of so that you have big open holes in the rockscape
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hello, welcome to the forum!!

I like alot of rock in my reef tanks so i think it looks ok as far as the amount. I would also say go higher with it and leave the sides open a bit more.
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Old 01-26-2012, 11:56 AM   #10
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+1 for go higher with it

I have about 50 lbs of rock in my 55 and I wish I had added more. I think you have a great amount!
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