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Old 03-01-2013, 01:48 AM   #1
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Is it easy to turn a fowler tank to a reef tank? The reason I ask is because I want to start out with a fowler tank then once I get the hang of it go to a reef.
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Old 03-01-2013, 07:16 AM   #2
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It's not difficult. You'll need really good lights, and more flow for a reef, and to monitor more levels, like calcium and magnesium for example. Depending in how much rock you have, might need to add more so you have places to put corals.
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Old 03-01-2013, 11:45 AM   #3
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I have a 55 gallon tank how much rock do you think I will need ?
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Old 03-01-2013, 12:06 PM   #4
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Rule of thumb is usually 1-2 Lbs per gallon. Everyones tank varys tho. Base rock is always a good idea for adding more rock. The live rock in your tank will eventually seed the base rock turning it live. This does take time however.
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I purchase 65 lbs of live rock from someone. Some of the rock was black is this good to go in my tank or no ?

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as black is that good. ?
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Old 03-01-2013, 05:06 PM   #6
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I purchase 65 lbs of live rock from someone. Some of the rock was black is this good to go in my tank or no ?

as black is that good. ?
Was the rock right out of his tank? Power heads and heater? If not you might want to wash it really well and start curing it. You don't want to introduce dead bacteria to your tank. Also did you ask the person if they ever treated the tank that houses rock with copper?
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I have already put the rock in the tank. Water and all are good. Temp is 75 degrees. Any other tips on getting started?
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Old 03-01-2013, 05:55 PM   #8
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I didnt use the rocks that had real bad black stuff on them. I put them to the side.
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Old 03-01-2013, 06:32 PM   #9
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Is your tank already cycled? Sometimes adding rock like that may cause your tank to go into another cycle. Just depends on how the rock was handled and if there are any dead organisms/hitchhikers on the rock. Just watch your perms.
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Do you already have fish in the tank? Have you tested for copper? If this is turning into a reef tank that is very important, copper will kill inverts too...
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