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Old 12-02-2011, 09:55 AM   #1
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Tanks without LR

Know we have forums for tanks but didn't want to bother skimming through every photo so can you guys who have tanks without LR post pics so I can see I'm thinking of getting rid of my rocks for space
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Old 12-02-2011, 11:09 AM   #2
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Live rocks are a very important part of the biological filter of a saltwater aquarium. You could always put them in your sump.
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Old 12-02-2011, 12:13 PM   #3
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Live rock is at least 80% of your filtration. It is a vital component in any system. Although technically they do take up some volume, they more than make up for it with what they provide in filtration and hiding places. Fish without places to hide are destined for illness due to the amount of stress this causes. I have seen it happen over and over in sales tanks that are typically kept with minimal rock so that the fish are easier to see and sell.

To me taking the live rock out would be as bad as simply never doing a water change ever again, guaranteed to put the tank on the path to failure.
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Old 12-02-2011, 01:37 PM   #4
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For years my brother-in-law had a SW aquarium without liverock, had fake corals, sump and HOB filter. He started the tank like this and it worked for him. But I would be leary taking the rock out in an established tank. What works for one may be heartache for another.
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It could only work if you have a deep sand bed, big tank and only a few fish.
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I don't have a sump I have 2 canisters
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Old 12-02-2011, 03:46 PM   #7
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I have blue tang 4 clowns 2 damsels and a angel "flame" and a yellow goby, also a queen conch that's what's making me think about the switch up of rocks for space
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I may have misssed it but how big is your tank and how much rock do you have in it?
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Old 12-02-2011, 05:01 PM   #9
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120g wide 24-24-24 I believe
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Old 12-02-2011, 05:41 PM   #10
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24 24 24 is a 60g cube I;m fixing to buy one soon lol
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