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Old 06-02-2013, 01:34 AM   #11
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So don't buy the lava rock? I don't plan on keeping any corals or inverts. Was planning on a FOWLR. Does it make a difference?
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Old 06-02-2013, 10:19 AM   #12
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So don't buy the lava rock? I don't plan on keeping any corals or inverts. Was planning on a FOWLR. Does it make a difference?
I think what they're trying to tell you is that even if you don't run into problems immediately, you probably will down the road with gas bubbles that are toxic and algae problems that are out of control. You can get base rock online for cheaper I think and you wouldn't have to worry about these issues.
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Old 06-02-2013, 11:49 AM   #13
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I think what they're trying to tell you is that even if you don't run into problems immediately, you probably will down the road with gas bubbles that are toxic and algae problems that are out of control. You can get base rock online for cheaper I think and you wouldn't have to worry about these issues.
Thanks, I understand what they are saying I had just read online that if you were doing a fish only system it would be fine but I dont want to chance it since I haven't heard any pros from you guys. I haven't found base rock for any cheaper than this stuff, the cheapest is Ive seen was 50 lbs of Dry Fiji for $109. Ill just have to spend the extra money on base rock to be on the safe side. Thanks for the heads up everyone
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Old 06-04-2013, 01:55 PM   #14
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You can get rock from any landscaping place for way less
Would limestone be ok to use as base rock?
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Old 06-04-2013, 04:15 PM   #15
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Would limestone be ok to use as base rock?
Dont use anything but live/dry rock. No other rock hold bb like it. Thats what you mostly see LR/DR in sw aquariums. Also some rocks could boost your phosphates or hardness of the water. With that being said you would need an expensive test kit and it will give you many problems later down the road. Dont try to take shortcuts because you'll get burned sooner or later.
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Old 06-04-2013, 07:33 PM   #16
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Not trying to take a shortcut, I just can't afford to spend $1000 on live rock or even half that on the dry stuff they sell in stores or online..
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What do you think of BRS dry reef saver rock? Its not too expensive I guess. A little more than I want to spend but I do want to do things the right way.. Anyone use this stuff?
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What do you think of BRS dry reef saver rock? Its not too expensive I guess. A little more than I want to spend but I do want to do things the right way.. Anyone use this stuff?
Put one piece in at a time. Dont go over your budget. When I started my 65 I started with 10lb of live rock. Now ive got 70lbs after a year.
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I never thought of that. Is that ok to do? Say I sart with 20 lbs of live rock and then several months later I add 30 lbs, wont a new cycle start?
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I never thought of that. Is that ok to do? Say I sart with 20 lbs of live rock and then several months later I add 30 lbs, wont a new cycle start?
Once the tank cycles... it doesnt have to recycle... just the more LR you have in your tank the more bb you have. Start with some small pieces so you can build a cave or 2 for your fish


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