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Avalanche
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PostPosted: 2004.02.01(Sun)16:31    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm planning on putting the skimmer in a sump if I have the room. Also whats a good rule of thumb for watts/gallons for heaters? And any more suggestions on stocking my tank?
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PostPosted: 2004.02.01(Sun)21:45    Post subject: Reply with quote

for a 29, id go w/ 1 150 watt or 2 50 to 75 watt.
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PostPosted: 2004.02.04(Wed)18:27    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK I've got all off my equipment planned out, finally choose a protein skimmer ( Prizim Deluxe)... But I just have one final thing to ask. I plan on buying all my LR from my LFS so next to none of it will dye while being transported and it shouldn't have much nasty organisims. But my problem is they don't come in very cool shapes. So if I were to plant some nice dead rock in the tank w/ the LR, would it eventually turn "live" and be just as effiecent as the true LR? If possibe, could anyone post me a link to a LF FAQ section that covers this issue? Thanks a bunch Very Happy
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PostPosted: 2004.02.04(Wed)18:53    Post subject: Reply with quote

Avalanche wrote:
I plan on buying all my LR from my LFS so next to none of it will dye while being transported and it shouldn't have much nasty organisims.


keep in mind that even rock the LFS is cured may not be. and even if it is, it will probably still go through at least a small die off period. test ammonia, nitrIte, and nitrAte regularly for the first few weeks of introduction; when nitrAte starts to cycle, than its probably safe for fish

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But my problem is they don't come in very cool shapes. So if I were to plant some nice dead rock in the tank w/ the LR, would it eventually turn "live" and be just as effiecent as the true LR?


it should work fine as long as you use inert or rocks that will positivly buffer marine water (eg, lime stone). still, be very cautius and avoid rocks near industry and agriculture and volcanic origins as they often have heavy metals dissolved into them. if in dougt, don't use it! and if you don't feel you can tell the differance between "good" and "bad" rocks, skip it. once every thing is stable in the tank, corline algae should quikly encrust the surfaces of the new rock.
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PostPosted: 2004.02.10(Tue)11:26    Post subject: Reply with quote

You will have to cycle your tank first before adding fish. If the lr is fully cured and local I would suggest adding the dead rock and sand first. Use peel and eat shrimp in the tank to cycle it. After the cycle add the fully cured live rock. If it is fully cured and no die off it will be safe for the tank. I've added rock this way with no effects. But you need that cycle out of the way first.

Slackra said about the 1" per 5 gallon which is a good rule. But keep in mind you need to consider full size of the fish no the size of it when you get it. A lot of fish are sold small. With a 29 you will not be able to add a lot of fish to the tank. Even with a sump because a lot of fish need the swimming space. don't consider the tang some need a minimum of 55 gallons otheres need 75 gall or more. And that is swimming space a 4 foot tank min is recommended for them.

read these links

http://saltaquarium.about.com/cs/liverocksetup/a/aa081501.htm

http://www.thereefweb.com/live_rock.htm

http://www.reefcorner.com/reef%20keeping_101.htm
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