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Old 12-02-2011, 05:45 PM   #11
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The fish need rock work, no way around it. Leave it be.

Good luck having the damsels in there.
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Old 12-02-2011, 06:26 PM   #12
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My damsels are fine no problems I've had the set up for about 7 months now
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Old 12-02-2011, 11:19 PM   #13
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Likle has been said live rock is key. But it can be done without but if u do it I would provide for filtration with a way over rated skimmer and filter. And provide your fish with hiding places. Fake plants coral rock etc. Also deepen your sand bed. If u do it. I would take some of that live rock off ur hands and pay shipping. I need more rubble for my fuge. But I strongly advise against it.
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Old 12-04-2011, 08:57 AM   #14
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I currently have a 40 breeder w ten yellowtail and two domino damsels , one coral beauty and three black mollies, NO LIVE ROCK, plastic plants,, NO skimmerstwo 110 aquaclears w biomedia and polyfilter, no water changes in three months, Fish get along very little aggression, no staking out territories and thye fish eat like pigs and are healthy. I did this as an experiment after keepiong reefs for twenty yrs w all the live rock, skimmers, sumps, ETC ETC. So it works think of aquarium store tanks, sparsely decortaed and fish in numbers,the tank has been set since july this year not one loss. The water is crystal clear and the fish show no sign of stress or problems, maybe not what we have been told or taught but truth be told after all the bells and whistles I could not be more pleased w results and the ease of and lack of major Financial expenditure, knowledge and patince is the key. Maybe not for everybody but it works!
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Old 12-04-2011, 12:19 PM   #15
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@jift thanks I'll take that into consideration
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Old 12-04-2011, 12:21 PM   #16
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Do you guys have pics of your tanks? I saw a pic with LR on the top part of the tank not touching the sand look pretty cool too.
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That is nice, but I would never recommend it to anybody. Maybe specify that anyone with 30+ years of experience and multiple advanced degrees may try it, but you presented it otherwise.

Use live rock, especially if you already have it.
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Old 12-04-2011, 01:12 PM   #18
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Granted LIVE ROCK is the way to go and I would recommned it for multiple reasons especially for novices and anyone ,.just remember we are all in this together Peace
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That completely contradicts your first post.
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Lol @ you guys this is funny but with all do respect I respect both of your points of views. I already paid for the rock and have it in my tank so I was just asking. How long does it take for the Caroline algae to grow? I have few specks here and there on Rock but not much I also have few copepods on rocks as well my fish have been eating them.
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