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Old 11-23-2008, 06:57 PM   #11
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I'd suggest anywhere from 10 - 20 lbs. Depends on your aquascaping. Hopefully you can do it in 2-4 pcs of rock. Try to keep it 2" or so from the sides. Gonna be easier to clean the tank. OK to lean on the back glass if you are not going to be looking from the back of the tank much.

Try to have some swim through areas in the rock so the fish can be more entertaining and feel they have somewhere to go.

The fake coral stuff will get real ugly in a few weeks after you cycle and get going. I guess it'd be OK if you commit to wash it off every week or so.
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Yeah - I know on the ugly part. I think I will be able to convince her once we pick out some live rock.

You can't see through the back of the BioCube 14 gallon - so leaning there is a probably a good idea.

One total newbie question - we get the live rock and in the store we'll be able to measure / get some advice on the pieces. When do we get coral/invertebrates?

How do you glue the coral onto the rock? The live rock won't have that stuff on it - or some things will grow from it too from what I've seen and read...
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Old 11-24-2008, 08:52 AM   #14
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After you've ensured the cycle is complete - unless you get established rock already cured, you can add inverts. Your cleaning crew. Snails, hermits, maybe a shrimp. But, you'll be able to ensure you've got consistent water with the ammonia being at zero, nitrates 10ppm or below (20 is acceptable for some).

Most coral you find will already be attached to small rock. You can use super glue believe it or not. There is also a silly putty type adhesive that any lfs should have.

And you're right, good LR will likely have stuff growing on it too, but look for pcs that give you ledges or slanted or horizontal "landing strips". An inch or two of landing strip space to affix smaller rocks with coral on it would work. Hopefully, I didn't confuse this too much.
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Nope. Great stuff. So after we get out live rock and we're sure the cycle is complete - then we get the cleaning crew.

One question for clarification - you purchase the coral and then you would actually use super glue and then place it in the tank? Sounds crazy.
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Glue for smaller pieces. The putty for the larger ones I'd imagine. I didn't use any. Always was able to find crevices to wedge my coral pieces into.

On the super glue, I hear you gotta pat the area to be glued to get it drier (not completely of course), apply the glue, then after a few seconds I'd imagine to get it a bit tacky, affix it to the rock already under water.

Maybe someone with more experience using it will chime in.
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Attaching Corals

Check out this thread too.

This one article too...

http://www.athiel.com/lib10/sps6.htm
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Okay - i've created a tank thread...
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