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Old 12-13-2011, 08:33 PM   #1
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the guy at the fish store told me i could put fish in right away with my aquarium because if i didn't my live sand would die off and be useless? This is the first I've heard of this , how true is it I'm confused?
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Old 12-14-2011, 12:18 AM   #2
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the guy at the fish store told me i could put fish in right away with my aquarium because if i didn't my live sand would die off and be useless? This is the first I've heard of this , how true is it I'm confused?
How long has ur tank been running?
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Old 12-14-2011, 01:48 AM   #3
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That is a simple ploy to get you to buy fish... "live sand" does not have really any beneficial bacteria in it, 90% of your biological filtration is your liverock. You do not need to add fish, especially if you have not cycled your tank.
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Old 12-14-2011, 01:53 AM   #4
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well i am not coin live rock, and i haven't set up my tank yet I'm getting 125g in a couple weeks. I am just trying to figure out all i can before i set up.
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Old 12-14-2011, 01:59 AM   #5
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I take it you are not buying live rock..? And your reasoning behind not using liverock? If I were you I would go with a dsb (6 in deep sand bed) with around 160ish to 240lbs of live rock.
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Old 12-14-2011, 08:21 PM   #6
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THATS ALOT OF ROCK!!!!! As long as you have around 1 pound per gallon MIN for sand and rock you should be fine. Why no rock? Its the main filtration........... I dont know why anyone wouldnt use it..............
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Well for a pound of rock per gallon would be about $ 1000, I'm just out of money lol
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Old 12-15-2011, 10:37 AM   #8
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Look on Craigslist, local reef clubs, buy dry base rock. You can find people selling it for $2 a lb
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Good because 10 and $12 a pound ain't ganna wrk
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Old 12-15-2011, 11:51 AM   #10
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I have over 250lbs of rock in my 125g 6 foot tank and let me tell ya, it's ALOT of rock LOL.

I plan on taking out about 75lbs or so to move it to my new 90g setup leaving approx. 175 lbs which I think is a nice amount. I'd get at least 100lbs or so to start, between live rock and base rock if youre on a serious budget. You can add base rock as you go without a problem so you can drop $100 here and there til you get the amount you want and like.
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