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Old 12-24-2003, 11:48 AM   #1
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Hi again;
I can see lots of people do prefer to get a FOWLR tank instead of just FO tank, does the LR give lots of bio-filteration capacity for your tank and what type of requirement does LR need to stay good in a tank?

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Old 12-25-2003, 02:08 PM   #2
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If you're wondering about supplements you shouldn't need any, water changes will do. I do suggest, though, to check your calcium level as it drops with time and needs to be kept right for coralline algae and other stuff to flourish.

And yes, LR does help a great deal with filtering. I can't really think of a SW tank without LR.

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Live rock is great for filtration and it also IMO adds alot to the tank as far as its apperance. Unless you like the sanatary bleached white look.

Light greater than a single florecent tube will be best. Preferabl maybe a medium to low wattage power compact style to encurage the coraline algae growth as well as other macro algae growth on the rock. You dont need high output lights but something more than the stock florecent tubes. If you want to encurage algae growth on the rock.
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A 3-4" deep sand bed and 1.25lbs to 1.75lbs of live rock per gallon is excellent filtration for your fish. A 55 gallon tank would take roughly 70-90lbs of live rock. To save money, you could buy 2/3 of the cheaper base rock, and 1/3 live rock. The base rock will eventually become live rock, and will still serve as filtration media in the mean time. 2-3 watts of light per gallon will keep your live rock healthy. A 55 gallon tank with live rock would need at least 100 watts of light but 150 watts would be better.

When you add new live rock, you'll need to wait 4-6 weeks for the tank to cycle. Fish and critters can only be added after cycling. You'll need test kits to ensure that your tank is cycled.

Once the tank is cycled, you'll want to add a clean up crew. This consists of worms, stars, cucumbers, etc that sift through the sand and clean up waste and algae.

You'll also want your tank's water to turn over 10 times per hour. Sump pumps, power heads, and skimmer pumps turn the water.

Before you start buying equipment, do your homework first. Read through the posts here, and do word searches for specific things that you want to learn about. You'll need alot of equipment, and alot of knowledge to successfully keep a marine tank. Maybe you'll want a refugium or maybe not. Maybe you'll want one big pump, or a few smaller ones.
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