Do you need to have LR in the tank b/c that stuff is very expensive at my LFS. And I'm not about to spend 800.00 on 100 pounds of LR.
Not Required but Highly recommended.. I do know that some ppl use base rock instead of all LR
to make things cheaper.. BTW
online will make things much cheaper... www.liverocks.com
is a good place.. about $150.00 shipped per 40lbs... With a 90gal tank though i would recommend about 1.5 to 2 X the volume so 150 to 180lbs of LR
.. It really adds to the tank with live creatures and such.. Ordering online also helps you get more creatures on your LR
sort thru and take the good creatures out..
Next I have read posts about Reef tanks and am wondering the difference between a Reef tank and a regular S/W tank
Reef tanks have LR
along with corals, Inverts, More expensive Lighting about 3-5wpg, and sometimes anemones... More of a natural Feel..
Can you do a quicker fishless cycle by adding straight ammonia to the water like you can with F/W
I have heard of ppl doing this as it is a better method than cycling with Fish.. If you buy LR
online you can usually add the LR
to the tank and it produces ammonia to start the cycle..
To also note.. LR
is a bit expensive but well worth it.. I have a 55gal tank with 100lbs of LR
in it and to think what it was without the LR
is pretty sad.. It really made the tank... Check around online as LR
seems to be much cheaper online than anywhere else.. You may get "bad" creatures such as Mantis Shrimp but thats what makes it more fun... www.liveaquaria.com
for like $99.00 for 45lbs plus shipping.. total is around 150.00 as well.. www.Liverocks.com
seemed tome to have to better rock though... More life on it...