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The importance of r/o water?
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PostPosted: 2004.01.26(Mon)10:51    Post subject: The importance of r/o water? Reply with quote

I am looking to begin the journey of saltwater with the goal of a reef.
I have a few questions:
Tank size min. 75 gal ( if I can choke down the lighting and lr cost)

Do I need r/o to water change? Can I get away without?
When using base rock, anything other than lace rock you can think of?
What is the ratio of lr and ls per gallon?

I know ..read and I am .

Suggestions of a good book that any of you found very helpful?

Thanks once again,
Finns
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PostPosted: 2004.01.26(Mon)10:53    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is me, forgot to log in.
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The Old Salt
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PostPosted: 2004.01.26(Mon)21:52    Post subject: Reply with quote

There really is no ratio for LR & LS per gallon. You basically ( not a rule, just a guideline ) want about 1/3 visual volume to have rock, and the sand depth depends on what type of sand bed you want, plenum or deep. For base rock I'd use the cheap 2 buck a pound aquacultured rock from the Gulf of Mexico ( Florida ). If you use Gulf rock you'll avoid those palolo worms and all those blasted planarians. You can then put the fancy 6 buck a pound decorator rock on top ( this stuff comes complete with Carribbean corals already on it, and is the only legal way to get them )

RO water is very good for a reef tank, but you'd be just as well off using distilled water. If you go to Walmart, get the water with the PURPLE cap. NOT the blue, green or pink capped stuff! It's like 58 cents a gallon and well worth it.

There are a few pretty good books out there. Two of the best are:

The Concientious Marine Aquarist, by Bob Fenner,
and
The New Marine Aquarium, by Mike Paletta.
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PostPosted: 2004.01.26(Mon)23:01    Post subject: Reply with quote

On a routine water change,what % would be a beneficial amount?
What I am getting at is ..would the cost of the intial investment payoff?

Thanks for your help.
Finns
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PostPosted: 2004.02.10(Tue)5:44    Post subject: Reply with quote

Usually with water changes people do between 5%-25% over that is not reccomended. I do about 10% a week others may do a biger change once or twice a month.

Its hard to say what you will spend that depends on what you buy and the types you buy. What lighting and so on.
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