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Old 08-09-2014, 05:50 AM   #11
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My biggest thing is that I am in canada and I couldnt find any cheap stores I felt were safe that would ship to canada without spending billions on shipping lol. So my lfs has it for 11 $/lbs so if I do 50lbs thats close to 600 $ :/

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Old 08-09-2014, 06:38 AM   #12
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Use 10lbs of live rock and 40lbs of base rock. You can save a fortune and it will not be any different for cycling. the base rock will become "live" in a few weeks and after a few months you wont be able to tell the difference between the live and what was base rock.

I probably have over 500lbs of live rock total and I have only purchased about 35-40lbs of it live. I prefer the base rocks look personally, other than live tonga rock. lol

I would also just go with all new sand, don't reuse someone elses as you will bring nitrates and who knows what else into your tank. Fresh is best.
No need for "live" sand either that the lfs sells, basic aragonite will do. Steer away from crushed coral as it can trap gunk in itself and lead to parameter issues later on plus smaller gobies will not be able to sift it if you were gonna get any gobies.

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I totally forgot about base rock! I will definitely do tgat then

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JL aquatics in Vancouver is about $1.5/lb for base rock. Best price I've found on the left coast.


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For water can I use tap water for the cycle? I have heard that dechlorinator and salt in tap water is fine for the cycling and then when its done a big rodi water change before fish. Is this true?

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I would think so.
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You could, but if you "can" I would go with ro/di water. You might get some nasty algae during the cycle. BUT if all you can swing is the tap water then I would guess thats the road you have to take.
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I'm new on the salty side of the forum is RO water 100% necessary for SW? If so, why can't you mix it (say 50/50) with tap?


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I'm new on the salty side of the forum is RO water 100% necessary for SW? If so, why can't you mix it (say 50/50) with tap?


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That really depends on what type of tank you want, reef or fowlr/fish only?

If you want a reef, then yes IMO it is. Corals require pristine water (other sw inverts too honestly) and there's really no way of knowing what's in tap water. Tap water also tends to fuel nuisance algae growth as well, which once it takes hold can be a battle to get rid of, some times it causes people to shut down the tank and start over.
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Juts as a note to the OP, you want RO DI wayer, not just RO. The DI stage will take out the last of the other stuff in the water. RO is a good first step, but youre much better off with the DI as well.
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