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Old 06-08-2004, 12:01 PM   #1
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Is it possible to have too much Live Rock?

For instance, would it be bad to have 3-4lbs per gallon? (If it were possible)
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Don't know if you could fit it. Circulation maybe a concern then.
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The only issue would be fish not being able to move much.
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There has to be SOME water in there too

The lbs/gal thing is really just a rough guide as it depends on the type of rock. Some really dense rock you'd be hard pushed to fit even 2 lbs/gal.

I think 1-1.5 lbs/gal is a good universal range that will give sufficient filtration and aesthetic quality.
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I have almost 3lbs/gal in my 55g tank and could easily use more... AS long as you have caves and stuff and have more room in your tank then why not add more.. You can never have too much unless its coming out of the water and you have no room for fish to swim..

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So having more LR is beneficial up to the point where you are using up too much swimming realestate?

Could you beneficial bacteria die from not having enough fish in the tank?
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Could you beneficial bacteria die from not having enough fish in the tank?
Yes, the amount of bacteria created is directly related to the amount of waste being created. The bacteria grows to meet the nitrogen waste produced as fish or other animals are added. As the waste grows so wll the amount of bacteria and vice versa. Having an ample amount of LR ensures that as you stock the aquarium, the biofiltration will keep up as long as you allow a few weeks to pass between each fish addition. Inverts will not tax the filtration as a rule.

The rock is also very beneficial for the fauna that will help keep the tank clean. Worms, pods and the like will have more "living space" as well as having ample room for coral placement.

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I think the limiting factor is cost more than anything.. unless you're the patient type and don't mind waiting for base rock to colonize.
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Alot of my rock is very porus and 2lbs a gal makes a fairly significant pile of rock.
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One point that should be made here is that a reef tank is a continuously (we hope) growing environment. If you fill the tank with rock, will the corals have room to grow? Before you place the rock, try to get an idea what you will put in the tank and what it's growth patterns might be. A tank that looks relatively empty to start with can be running over in a couple of years.
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