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Old 06-21-2009, 04:41 PM   #31
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Thanks all.... I may try the DIY base later down the road but not ready at this time. So I can't really find anything "nice" in base rock... is base rock all just plain old boring rock adn then you still have to buy the nice stuff for on top of it?

Can you get base rock in "branch" style? Any sites you all recommend to purchase base?
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Old 06-21-2009, 05:42 PM   #32
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IMO good decision.

$2.40/lb $15 shipped ; ignore the pre-cycled... you'll need to cycle it to some extent when you get it anyway. Still....2.40.....

50 Pound box Key Largo Rock, <br>Now Pre Cycled - DS-50
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IMO good decision.

$2.40/lb $15 shipped ; ignore the pre-cycled... you'll need to cycle it to some extent when you get it anyway. Still....2.40.....

50 Pound box Key Largo Rock, <br>Now Pre Cycled - DS-50
Thanks for the link Captain, I ordered 50lbs of the Key Largo Dry rock for $137 then another 50lbs of Premium Fiji LR @ International Marine Fish for another $197. I don't think it's that bad considering the dry rock is going for $6.00 per lb and the LR not even Fiji is going for $9.50 per lb in my area.
What do i have to do to the rock before putting it in the tank?
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Old 06-22-2009, 10:13 AM   #35
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Thanks for the link Captain, I ordered 50lbs of the Key Largo Dry rock for $137 then another 50lbs of Premium Fiji LR @ International Marine Fish for another $197. I don't think it's that bad considering the dry rock is going for $6.00 per lb and the LR not even Fiji is going for $9.50 per lb in my area.
What do i have to do to the rock before putting it in the tank?

Captian - yes, thank you! I also ordered 50lb's for the key largo dry.
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I should be working on commission !

Since the thread has taken so many twists and turns I don't remember if your tank is up and running or not. If it is you need to cure it outside the tank (tub with salt water, hear, powerhead). If it isn't then you can cure it in the tank or outside.

Same as anything else... test the water.. wait for the ammonia, nitrite, nitrate cycle to finish. If in doubt, dose with an ammonia source and test to see that 0''s out.
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Since the thread has taken so many twists and turns I don't remember if your tank is up and running or not. If it is you need to cure it outside the tank (tub with salt water, hear, powerhead). If it isn't then you can cure it in the tank or outside.

Same as anything else... test the water.. wait for the ammonia, nitrite, nitrate cycle to finish. If in doubt, dose with an ammonia source and test to see that 0''s out.
My tank is empty now but will be ready for the rock arrival. One other thing, how often will i have to do water changes since I'm starting up all at once with no fish? I cycled my 44 gallon with cichlids and boy was that tough stuff, I was doing 2 changes a day anywhere from 30 to 50 percent to keep the nitrites under control. I'll never cycle with fish again, lesson learned.
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no changes till the cycle is complete.. Unless the ammonia gets real high (~> 6ppm). The joys of fishless cycling !
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My tank is empty and will be for about another 30 days....... Hey, does LR need light?... reason I ask is I still have to purchase my flourescents but was goign to fill the tank, add LR and let it "cycle" while I wait for the lights.... will this be a problem?
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No, light not required... actually better... will help with any hitchhiking algae
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