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Old 08-19-2014, 07:34 PM   #11
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You'll need to replace your rocks first then cycle the tank before you can add any fish. Have a read up on the article here about how to set up and cycle a saltwater tank before you rush into buying livestock! It'll save you later I swear also, see if you can pick up a refractometer for measuring salinity - they are much more accurate...


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Old 08-19-2014, 11:55 PM   #12
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I didn't mention, that my filter media was previously used and are full of dirty sponges and ceramic media from my 55 gallon freshwater tank. So I'm fairly confident that there is something in there breaking down the ammonia and nitrite, haha the tests don't lie


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Freshwater and saltwater bacteria for the nitrate cycle are different.
In terms of the rock, you want it to be porous so you have more area for the bacteria to grow as this is really your main filtration. That and some rocks you find in your backyard can leach stuff into your water column.


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Old 08-20-2014, 02:07 AM   #14
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The rocks I've found in my backyard have been in other tanks for at least three years, anyways I'm gonna try the safer route and buy true live rock and wait a little while til I add fish, thanks!


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Good call. And those rocks were in freshwater tanks, with different ph. You can look into macro or dry rock to save money if that helps.


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Old 08-20-2014, 11:32 AM   #16
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Money really shouldn't be a huge issue... I may do the 25% live and 75% dry to start out.


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So I bought two chunks of this live rock and was wondering what you guys thought of it, I thought It looked kind of funky at first in the store, and I feel like I'm gonna have a hard time finding rocks that would look good with it, any ideas how I could use this to aquascape with just other say round rock? Ps my lfs owner talked me into a little damsel, said it would survive the cycling process, and help it along. He also said I could bring him back if I don't want him to stay haha.


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Then I also bought about 5.5 lbs of dry rock and it looks absolutely ridiculous, it's painted a bright purple and ugh it's going back to the store... 30 bucks for unnatural looking rock. It was sold off the shelf as Caribbean live rock


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I also replaced the hobs with a 400 gph canister with a uv sterilizer and surface skimmer. I'm ordering a bigger one for my 55


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The rock in the pic is old coral skeletons, it works but I prefer more porous reef rocks like these
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The damsel is completely unnecessary and all you'll be doing is poisoning it. Canisters can be used but but need to be cleaned thoroughly and regularly or they can trap detritus and increase your nitrates.
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