f-dean, grow up and stop bashing petco- its as much your fault as theirs for not doing your research properly.
Originally Posted by potionmaker
I'm not sure what grows on live rock or what the corals consist of. Do Pollops grow on live rock or coral?
so basically coralline algae, macro algae ("saltwater plants"), sometimes featherdusters, clams, and other sessile lifeforms can all be found growing on premium liverock. i would suggest tampa bay saltwater or liverocks.com, both are excellent.
now corals consist of polyps, that is what makes them up. there are hard corals (like the skeletons you see in stores), as well as soft corals. soft corals, such as shrooms
, are large polyp corals, where as stony corals have very small polyps and a larger calcium structure. high levels of calcium are nessecary for coral growth.
some dealers offer packages of LR
that come with coral growth on them already, or you can buy corals seperatly. but definitly dont go for corals until your tank is welll established, or theyll just die.
another suggestion-buy majority base rock (which is cheaper and has less growth on it than regular LR
) and the the rest high quality LR
. in time, this will seed the base rock.
dont expect to add fish for a while, let your tank cycle properly. then add a "cleanup crew", which should consist of snails (nassisarus are good, stay away from turbo snails), hermit crabs (queen/fighting conch, scarlet), perhaps some shrimp (im fond of peppermint, personally), and maybe a sea cucumber, since he will aid in sand stirring. most dealers have packages you can buy custom built to your tank size, with the right amount of critters.
definitly buy a book, thats the best advice i can give you. the concesious marine aquarist by Rob Fenner is an excellent choice.