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Old 06-23-2004, 01:47 AM   #1
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base rock to live rock ratio?

im gonna be being/ordering my rock this weekend...i have a 30 gal and am planing on having 30 lbs of rock for now....at my local store i can get live rock for 5.50 a lb...i dont see spending 165.00 on rock so what ratio do u guys suggest me buying for my base rock/lr , i was thinking 20lbs of base and 10 lbs of lr, is this ok and will it seed ok?
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Old 06-23-2004, 06:39 AM   #2
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It would work, but I would go with 20 lr and 10 base. You have a better chance of having more critters as well as a higher bio diversity.
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Old 06-23-2004, 08:16 AM   #3
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More LR, the better by far. Base rock is a slow process, and there are no critters.
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Old 06-23-2004, 10:00 AM   #4
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check liverocks.com

the closer you are to florida, the less the shipping will be. It's almost the same price (about $10) for me to buy 30lbs of Keys rock from LR.com than to pay $5.50 at my LFS for 30lbs of plain ole reef rock.

a SW tank is anything but inexpensive
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Old 06-23-2004, 05:54 PM   #5
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for 20lbs it will cost me 110 at my lfs vs. 129 at liverocks.com...what do u guys think i should do? im thinking im gonna do 20lbs of live rock now and 20 of base now....where should i get my base rock? and should i add about 10lbs of live sand to my 30lbs of bagged sand or will the live rock be enough
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LR.com FOR sure!! Its awesome...dont think twice about it..no comparison!
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Old 06-23-2004, 06:46 PM   #7
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Is that for 20lbs of their keys rock? That stuff looks soooo much better than the reef rock I was able to get locally.
The only problem with ordering online is you can't hand select the rock like you can locally.

But I've yet to see a complaint about what liverocks.com ships...so they must be fairly consciencious about packing a variety of shapes and sizes when you place an order.
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Old 06-23-2004, 10:44 PM   #8
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where should i get my base rock? and should i add about 10lbs of live sand to my 30lbs of bagged sand or will the live rock be enough
HiRocks.com $1.33/lb after shipping is added.

I wouldn't bother with the LS from an LFS. If you order from an online LR e-tailer, they should have some good quality sand but I wouldn't buy more than a few pounds as "seed stock".

You can also look into a detrivor kit or Garf Grunge to seed the tank.

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If you can catch an eBay auction of HiRocks.Com you can get rock for closer to $0.85 - $1.00 a pound shipped. This is dry base rock, not live rock. I just got 60 lbs for $28 plus shipping ($30 for me). I feel the same way you do crage34, I can't see spending THAT much on live rock. I'm going to end up doing 60 lbs HiRocks and 20 lbs Liverocks.com for my new 29 gal tank. Probably way too much base rock, but for the price it's hard to pass up.

If anything, I've read that patience is the key to SW system, so I'm prepared for the time it'll take for the LR to seed the base rock.

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Old 06-24-2004, 01:28 AM   #10
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mixing the live rock and base rock....will this prolong my cycling process? and what is a rough estimate for how long it usally takes
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