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Old 02-18-2012, 02:57 AM   #1
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Hello everyone I am about to take the dive into saltwater aquriums. I currently have a tank that is 36x12x19, I have looked up the size according to these dimensions and I believe it's a 38 gallon tank. Like the subject says I am new to this. I currently have 15 pounds of dead rock and tomorrow I plan on getting some Sand and some live rock and fill up my tank to start the cycling process. I am going to have a fish only tank to star however I would like to add coral later. I hope I can gain more knowledge and great advice from this forum.My first question is how much more rock do I need and can just a few pieces of live rock help my dead rock live?
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Old 02-18-2012, 04:48 AM   #2
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Hello. For a 38g, I would get around 50lbs of rocks. You only need a small piece of live rock to seed your dead (base) rocks.

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Thanks everyone, for the reply, Thanks Terrance. I have been told about a pound of rock per gallon, however today I plan on getting the cycling process going. Also I will be posting pics of the process along the way. Now once I have my rocks in there , if I add rock later should I wait even longer before adding fish , because the new rock will take time to acclimate ?
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Yup wait a little longer until ammonia and nitrite is zero.
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