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Old 11-18-2003, 08:49 PM   #1
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turning base rock alive

i have a 90 gallon fo tank right now. i want to get into live rock but since it is expensive i want to get mostly base rock and put in some live rock to seed it. my question is, say if i put in 90 lbs base rock and the rest live rock how much live rock do i actually need and how long does it take to seed the base rock? thanks.


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Old 11-18-2003, 09:31 PM   #2
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You actually do not need much actual LR, 20 lbs should do it. In a 90 gal tank, you may wish to have a bit more rock in total though.

The time frame will vary but in very little time the bacteria will colonize the surfaces and the fauna will migrate in a few short months. As far as the surface area's for coralline and such, that will greatly depend on water chemistry and lighting but it could take anywhere from a few month to a year.

One alternative to LR completely is getting some Grunge. It will have many types of coralline as well as beneficial "critters". Basically all the good and none of the bad...

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Old 11-19-2003, 10:06 AM   #3
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my setup has been running for bout 8 weeks, and im starting to see some coraline on my base rock, its nice, the cool green flashy one got on the rock!
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