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Old 02-04-2004, 04:49 PM   #1
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Live Rock or Bio Filter?

Does anyone have a suggestion as to which is better? Will fish live happily just the same with a Bio Wheel Filter as opposed to living with some Live Rock? I know a Bio wheel Filter has got to be cheaper than maintaining live rock right??? anyone? I'm thinking about the 400 Emperor, I'm reading here that thats a really popular item. Any thoughts?
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Old 02-04-2004, 05:37 PM   #2
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dino,
are you planning to keep fish or a reef tank?
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Old 02-04-2004, 06:15 PM   #3
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I would say that if it's going to be a fish only tank, you can get away with the biowheel, however, live rock would be better. If you are planning on a reef sometime down the road, then definitely go with the live rock.
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Exactly what Lex is thinking , Fish first then eventually reef sometime down the road. What I don't understand is that with Live Rock, how is a rock supposed to pick up the filth?
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Old 02-04-2004, 07:16 PM   #5
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Along with LR, you get many filterfeeding organisims, bugs, critters and micro-organisms. The life on the LR uses the waste from the fish for it's own needs. LR itself is a viable media for biofiltration, typically tanks that incorporate LR and othe natural means of filtration have higher water quality than tanks using more conventional means of filtration.
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What reefrunner said......If you dont get Live Rock now chances are that in the future you will wish you had. It really adds to the appearance of the tank IMO.
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Hihi, honest I don't see any thing attractive about the LR, big ugly greyish colors piece of rock lies on the center of your aquarium but again, nothing is better than let the nature works its way!
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Old 02-05-2004, 12:09 AM   #8
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well I was just faced with this decision and I went with LR for its benefits...not to mention you can easily spend a few hundred $$ on plastic decorations which provide little to no value to the tank, LR also gives the fish a natural home with lots of hiding places

btw, there are many LR varieties available...for example, do you find this ugly?

http://www.tampabaysaltwater.com/testimonials2.html
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Old 02-05-2004, 01:18 AM   #9
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I like it, thanks ya'll, I think i'll go with LR. There's nothing wrong with getting a filter AND live rock is there? or is there absolutely no use for another filter if I have LR. If I get a filter, will the filter take away from the life of the LR?
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I'm thinking about the 400 Emperor
I am new to this all too. I chose the Emperor 400 and it is working nice for me. I kinda wish that I would have gone with live rock instead, but I am glad now that I started slow cause I am learning alot from my own experiences and from everyone here on the forum. I will have my 46 gallon always but I am now pricing a 75 and 150 gallon for a Reef setup.

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