03-17-2008, 12:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Cody
Every Tank has to cycle. Even if the rock is cured, you will have to cycle. It will take 3 or 4 weeks, minimum. Do you plan on having FOWLR, FO, or Reef?
Well, it won't be FO, he's already purchased the live rock.
It's either going to be a reef tank, or a FOWLR. Either one is fine, but if you have decent lighting, FOWLR is pretty much pointless because eventually you'll want to try out corals - temptation is too great with sessile inverts. They are almost easier to take care of than fish, all that's really needed are good lights and excellent water quality - the water quality will come with time.
I recommend purchasing some sort of skimmer or HoB fuge to assist with the water stability in a tank that size, it can truly make the difference between a great looking SW tank and a disastrous attempt. I wish you good luck, I will be watching this thread closely.
btw that looks like a 29 long, am I correct? This is an excellent choice, since many SW fish are rather active and really do appreciate/prefer horizontal swimming space.