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Old 11-16-2011, 06:57 PM   #11
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Remember also that nitrifying bacteria resides on surfaces. Your substrate, glass sides and overflows will house this bacteria. LR will hold more but in a FO you could get by with fewer pieces. But as Mr X said you wont have the aenorobic bacteria needed to get rid of nitrates.
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Plus pretty much your only option for bio-filtration other than lr is a wet dry. And those aren't by any means ideal...
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Plus pretty much your only option for bio-filtration other than lr is a wet dry. And those aren't by any means ideal...
Not at all, one could run an algae trough, an algae turf scrubber, an algae based fuge, or a DSB, none of which require LR, and all of which provide biofiltration. Even a shallow SB provides a significant amount of biofiltration, and all of them provide some method of removal for nitrates. Granted, as X pointed out, they are all more effective when combined with LR.
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I know I think X was trying to annoy supra lol. But yeah it wouldnt make a difference its better but wouldnt make a difference how much you added.
i wasn't trying to annoy anyone.
he wasn't giving me much to work with with his vague responses-
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If your fish only wouldn't you already have filtration
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my answer was what it was, because i have no idea about supra's ideas about filtration. i thought that was obvious.
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The reason I started the thread was because (in my head) I was thinking if someone had a fully up running, and functioning fish only tank, could they add just one live rock to grow some basic coral on ( star polyps ) vs adding a ton of live rock. That's what was going through my mind at that time.
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it's a matter of water quality. you can grow corals on a piece of plastic, aquarium glass, whatever, but live rock helps with water quality (not to mention aesthetics).
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Yup. Agreed. Good luck with your tank.
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