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Setting up a 30gal Live rock.
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PostPosted: 2003.09.08(Mon)22:31    Post subject: Setting up a 30gal Live rock. Reply with quote

So, I can score a 55gal. I will have a 30 and a 20long availble. I was thinking about making a salt tank. I'm more intersted in live rock than fish really, in the 30. I have fish already. 120gallons worth. So, here is my question:

What would be the best setup for a live rock tank? With the possiblilty of going coral in the future (ie, when $$ is availble for proper lighting).

Where are some good reading sources on the diffent schools of thought for filteration, live sand vs coral, setup etc? This is mostly what I'm intersted in.

What is the need equipment? Filter size, needed flow rate (added by power heads), skimmers?

I really know nothing about salt execpt what I read here. I have a 10gal availble if a is sump is needed. Oh.. yea. My wife really like those bright blue fish that every pet store sells. Damsels I believe. As well as the little white gopher looking guys with big eyes, goby maybe. I have yet to find out what they are exactly. Thanks for any time taken out for this. It will be a few months down the road at least, but I have to start somewhere. I trust this board and want to start here.
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PostPosted: 2003.09.26(Fri)11:49    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would go with ls and lr set up. Some people go with dsbs but you could start out with a 3 or 4" sand bed and if you wanted deeper go with more later.

As for live rock 1 to 1 1/2 lbs per gallon is recomended. There are several types of live rock fiji is the most popular its the most pourous.

As far as having a fowlr tank you can go with standard lighting. You won't need to upgrade your lighting until you decided to go with corals. Then when you do there are 3 types of lighting pcs, vhos, metal halides. Depending on what corals you decide is which lighting you can go with.

Going with lr, ls this will become the major part of your filtrations. With the proper amount you can decide if you want mechanical filtration to go with it or not. But you still need circulation which power heads come into the picture.
filter and filter review set ups

power heads

and you might want to consider a skimmer they help remove undissolved organics out of the tank that create hi nitrates. there are many price ranges in skimmers.

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