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Old 08-23-2010, 06:34 PM   #11
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Are there any alternatives to the canister filter?
Yes 1.5 to 2 lbs of LR in your tank. LR and a skimmer is all you need plus a PH to push the water around. You might want to check out a RO/DI unit for your water. Read this about tap water

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Old 08-23-2010, 07:05 PM   #12
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Yes 1.5 to 2 lbs of LR in your tank. LR and a skimmer is all you need plus a PH to push the water around. You might want to check out a RO/DI unit for your water. Read this about tap water

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I spoke to someone today at a LFS and I am planning to get about 20-25lbs of LR this week. Are you saying that I can kill my canister filter and just use the PH, LR and protein skimmer to accomplish great filtration for my tank?
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Are you saying that if I put about 20 - 25lbs of LR in my 90gallon tank along with some PH, I can kill my canister filter?
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I personally dont think that will be enough LR. You`ll need about 75 to 90 lbs to start. They kind of suggest 1.5 to 2 lbs per gallon but if you can get 1 lb per gallon you can probably do it. A suggestion would be get the 25 lbs of LR and get 50-60 lbs of Base rock. It will become live over time.
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Old 08-24-2010, 12:38 PM   #15
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since the tank has only started 2 days ago, does it matter if i place uncured or cured LR in the tank. I was hoping to get some LR by the end of this week.
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Check out the article on curing rock in our articles section. You can add all the rock and sand at the beginning or any phase in the cycle.
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I made a very stupid mistake by introducing fish to fast into my tank without the correct amount of live rock. What a disaster. Take it from someone that went through it. Get as much live rock as you can possibly afford right now and cycle your tank fishless. And save yourself the tons of money you will spend on salt by doing water changes every day. my 72 gallon took about 3 weeks to cycle once i added the right amount of live rock. Just a newbie perspective. Good Luck on your saltwater venture.
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I put 18lbs of LR in the tank yesterday. This morning I saw a few "critters" moving on the sand bed.
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No one touched on this but you could save money by not buying a wet dry filter and instead just buy more LR or base rocks/
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