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Old 01-23-2009, 01:18 AM   #11
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For filtration I have a Tetra Whisper for 20 gallon tank. I didn't plan on adding live rock. I wanted to start basic being that its a 20 gallon tank and I'm happy with just having 2 clown fish.
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Old 01-23-2009, 11:26 AM   #12
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live rock, IMO, is really important and desireable. it will give your clowns a home and keep the tank looking good. it helps with the biological filtration, it gives homes to all the little bugs that will grow in there. im no expert, but thats my $0.02
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Old 01-24-2009, 02:38 AM   #13
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No Live Rock???????

How could you have a healthy reef tank without it. From what I have read and been told, live rock is essential to the health and natural filtration, and creation of a healthy ecosystem within you tank. I am new to reef tanks, but...... Just one word of advice, well, 2. 1-While your tank is cycling for the next couple of weeks, do some major reading. 2-GET SOME LIVE ROCK!!
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Old 01-26-2009, 11:07 PM   #14
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So I got some live rock. I just got 5lbs of cured live fiji rock from my lfs which has been open for over 30 yrs. They said it was cured and could be placed right into the tank. They charged 6.99 a lb. which seemed kinda of steep buts its the only place around me that sells it. There base rock is $1.99 a lb. I was wondering if its a good idea to have 5 lbs of live fiji rock and 15 lbs. of base rock? The lady at the lfs said the base rock would eventually turn into live rock in my tank. Or maybe I should do half and half. Any opinions?
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Old 01-26-2009, 11:34 PM   #15
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No help on the LR but I will tell you that filters are very over-rated... in that a 20g filter is probably adequate for a 10g tank.

You also want more current in a SW tank I believe, so I would get another filter and try to get some beneficial bacteria in there ASAP (Bio-Spira would do it as would used filter media from a healthy tank).
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Old 01-27-2009, 09:26 AM   #16
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Do you know any one who has a salt tank with filter media? Maybe the lfs has some? You can add already established filter media to your filter. it will have bacteria on it and may keep your tank from having a sever spike. Alot of hobbiest use this method when setting up a qt.
re: base rock will eventually become live but it will take about 100years lol
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Old 01-27-2009, 12:09 PM   #17
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You will be OK on the 5 lbs live and 15 lbs base. All will be live before you know it. When we say live we are talking about the nitrifying bacteria that will be teeming all over your LR. There is a second meaning and that`s the little critters that come in LR. If you are looking for more of those then more LR will be needed.
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Old 01-27-2009, 12:18 PM   #18
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Thanks for making that a little clearer Melosu!!!!
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I agree totally with Melosu58. Just keep tabls on the ammonia and do water changes as needed to keep it down.
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