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Old 02-10-2013, 03:03 PM   #1
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How much rock is too much rock?

I have a 40 gallon tank and already bought 50 lbs of dry rock... I want to buy some live rock from my LFS to help get some life into the tank in hope,it spreads... How much live rock should I buy to add to my already 50lbs of dry?
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Old 02-10-2013, 03:07 PM   #2
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I love having lots of live rock, lol, so if you're asking my OPINION I say keep it coming until you have no room for anything else, break it all apart, put it in the bottom and add some more.

In honesty, though, just make sure your tank is balanced and that your fish are free to move about....
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Just be sure to have enough (variable) flow in your tank. The more rock you have, the more likely you'll have dead spots within the rock where old food/detritus will collect, creating algae/nitrate hot spots.
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I just bought a Hydor 750 power head and have a basic filter on the tank for flow as well... Hopefully will find a good arrangement...


Also am I suppose to clean both the dry rock and live rock when I get it before I put it in my tank?
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I usually treat mine before introduction, but I already established my aquariums. Are you fish in cycling or using the shrimp/ ammonia cycling process?
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Tank is still empty... Waiting for sand/rock to arrive from reefrocks.net then will start system and salinity of water


I won't be adding fish for well over a month until, everything is ok, and will be starting with clown fish (2)
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Just consider that the more rock you put in the less room to swim and water that will be in the tank which will have to be taken into account when you get your fish
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Old 02-10-2013, 07:53 PM   #8
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Just consider that the more rock you put in the less room to swim and water that will be in the tank which will have to be taken into account when you get your fish
Agreed- check out the different types of rock out there, take into consideration the porousness and culturing of your rock as well. You sound like you have done some research on the timeline. I had the best success with using the shrimp method, but it took me a while. I have also heard that the ammonia method works as effectively but it quicker- but I have not used that method.
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What is shrimp and/or ammonia method?
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What is shrimp and/or ammonia method?
Go to your local grocer and pick up a raw (uncooked) shrimp from the seafood counter, place it in a mesh bag, and drop it in your tank (leave the lights off)........ as the shrimp rots, it will generate ammonia to begin your cycle. Test every couple/few days and you will see your ammonia rise, then nitrites will begin to appear, then nitrates. Once the ammonia and nitrites drop back to zero, and your nitrates climb, you are cycled. Pull the shrimp, do a large (or complete) water change, then add fish...... If you plan on adding corals, you will want to do a few very large water changes to get the nitrates as low as possible.
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