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Old 12-12-2005, 12:17 AM   #1
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is a filter needed

im setting up my tank again, had a fw and sw tank(s) but lost both and pretty much everything else due to hurricane katrina just getting set back up this is a multipart question.

1. is a filter needed needed for a sw aquarium that i plan on adding corals to later on when the tank matures.

2. does anyone in the atlanta area know of any shops that sells good live rock and if not i noticed liverocks.com isnt shipping anymore due to hurricane wilma is there any other shops simular i could take a look at thanks for any comments
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Old 12-12-2005, 01:15 AM   #2
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Re: is a filter needed

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1. is a filter needed needed for a sw aquarium that i plan on adding corals to later on when the tank matures.
If you're talking about a HOB filter, then no...it's not needed if you're going with 1-2lbs of LR/gallon. Going the LR method is the most popular method around here. Bio balls and that sort of filter medium is generally not a good idea. It can trap excessive nitrates in the filter and then if not cleaned can release the nitrates back into the system. Go the totally natural route and do LR and maybe a fuge. Just my $.02
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thanks zenn, i called a couple lfs in tha atlanta area and the cheapest i found was 5.00 a lb for fiji live rock is that a good price for local live rock?
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$5/lb is average i would say. Just be aware that some live rock is pretty close to being dead. I'm not sure what kind your LFS has but it might be good to go around checking out different shops with different LR. The more life that's encrusted on the rock the better.
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thanks. is 60 lbs of live rock and 80 lbs of live sand good for a 55 gallon aquarium?
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60 lbs of rock is decent. I would stay away from live sand. It's expensive and usually more dead than anything. Just get a aragonite based sand, and get a cup full of sand form an LFS to seed your aragonite sand and BAM...you have live sand.
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ok i got everything i need 55g tank,stand, salt mix ,2x maxi 1200s , hydrometer 200w heater, i desided to go without hob filter. i desided to order 90 lbs of fiji live rock, and 60 lbs of live sand to start off my tank i get it tomorrow. is 90 lbs of live rock to much? also can someone post pictures of where im supposed to put the powerheads in my tank
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also is 260 watt pc with actinic and lunar lights good to keep some corals later on down the road? ive already gotten it already but i'm just wonderin if i might need to upgrade if i deside to get corals
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I have 90 lbs of lr in my 55 and it’s just about maxed out as far as space goes. It really depends on the size of each piece and where you get your lr from as some lr weighs more than others. I have it all against the back wall of the tank so my fish stay out front.

Your 260w pc lighting should be sufficient for most corals, just read up on each coral you are considering looking for “moderate lighting” in the light requirement description and make sure they are compatible with other corals you are considering.

As far as where to put your powerheads usually one at each end of the tank pointing up for surface agitation and towards each other will create a good cross section of current & eliminate most dead spots . I also have a middle outlet pointed at the front of the tank myself along with a ph on each end.
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i added everything into the tank now my water is filthy is this just a sand cload? i added lr , ls, and salt water today now i can bairly see across the tank standing from the side also when should i put o my proteim skimmer
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