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Old 01-22-2014, 02:43 PM   #21
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I started my tank 3 weeks ago by starting with just water and salt mix waited till there wqs no more salt on the bottom of the tank than added sand a few days later (with the pump and heater on) than I added 10lbs of live rock, some seeeing gravel/water from my fish shop and a peice of shrimp all most a week ago, am I on the right path????

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Old 01-22-2014, 02:50 PM   #22
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Starting a sw aquarium?

Ya your on the right track, although any future tanks you set up I would advise against adding water from a lfs system, you never know what's in that system and very little bb will be in the water itself. Are you setting up a 10 g or a 30? If a 30 you need more rock but that's about it
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Old 01-22-2014, 04:05 PM   #23
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Its a 29 and I know I just got 10lbs to start to keep the cost down in all one shot trying to spread it out

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Old 01-22-2014, 04:36 PM   #24
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Whats ifs and bb I tryed looking it up I coundnt find nothing

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Old 01-22-2014, 04:42 PM   #25
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Whats ifs and bb I tryed looking it up I coundnt find nothing

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Old 01-22-2014, 05:20 PM   #26
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Its a 29 and I know I just got 10lbs to start to keep the cost down in all one shot trying to spread it out

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You can use dry base rock to fill out your tank it will save you a lot of cash.
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Old 01-22-2014, 07:09 PM   #27
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Im pay 10$ a pound for lr how much is the dry base ..... and is as nice????

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Old 01-22-2014, 07:13 PM   #28
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Base rock is usually $2-3 a lbs. It looks good and comes in nice pieces to scape with it just doesn't have any bb on it really is the only difference
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Old 01-22-2014, 07:22 PM   #30
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That picture doesnt really do justice but thats what I have now

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Old 01-22-2014, 07:39 PM   #31
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So would it be better for me to maby get another 5 or 10 lbs or lr

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You want to shoot for 1-2lbs / gal, so if you have 10 lbs LR then I would say you should add 20-25 lbs of rock either live or dry so your bb can establish a healthy population.
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Old 01-23-2014, 07:16 AM   #33
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Here's some places for very good base rock Bulk Dry Live Rock & Live Sand - Bulk Reef Supply Bulk Dry Live Rock & Live Sand - Bulk Reef Supply Also check ebay for deals or craigslist.
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Old 01-23-2014, 10:46 AM   #34
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Should I be feeding my tank even with the shrimp in it

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Old 01-23-2014, 03:46 PM   #35
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No need to as the shrimp decays it will feed your bacti Once your cycled add any livestock slowly so the BB can keep up with the new load.
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Old 03-04-2014, 06:58 AM   #36
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I was thinking about stock. I was thinking:
*a four stripes damsel fish "dascyllus melanurus" (as my centre piece fish)
*Some yellow clown gobies "gobiodon okinawae"
*And either some strawberry dotty backs or purple dotty backs.


What's your take on the stock list, how many of the small ones?
I like the black, white, purple/pink and yellow theme so if something doesn't work please suggest something else (:
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