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Old 08-12-2008, 04:06 PM   #1
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First Salt Water/Live Rock Tank

I'm just about ready to convert my 33 Gallon Fresh Water tank to a Live Rock tank and have a few questions. Protien Skimmer, I will have to hang it off the tank and have been to 3 shops with three different recomendations. Anyone have a good sugestion? What is a good price to pay for cured live rock? Last question any recomendations on lighting?

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Are you planning on setting up an overflow/sump system? This will help determine what will best suit your skimmer needs.

Live rock the best prices I've seen are either locally on Craigslist (hit or miss) or on ebay.

For lighting, what are your plans for the tank? Reef, FOWLR, etc.

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Old 08-12-2008, 04:19 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply

I was planning on using a protien Skimmer and a Bio Wheel along with a power head for hardware. The lighting is probably the most important I will want some coral, and other things along with a few small fish. I want to do it right however the prices are all over the place and live rock can go from 5.99 to 9.99 a pound.
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You might want to start off with some Base rock and seed it with a few pieces of LR. It will all be LR after a while of curing in your tank. Lighting will be the wallet buster. Whatever type corals you plan on will determine what type lights you`ll need. Read the above link on equipment needs.
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Welcome to the site! I use 75% base rock and 25% LR, it saves a lot of money.
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