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Is this a good deal for a Saltwater tank?
Old 12-19-2012, 11:02 PM   #31
 
No, you don't use your Sump volume as calculated DT volume. So for a 40g FOWLR you would only need 400gph, or 2 powerheads.
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Old 12-19-2012, 11:07 PM   #32
 
Ah, ok! thanks!
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Old 12-20-2012, 08:58 AM   #33
 
Hey Reefing, do you have a picture of your sump? so I get an idea of what mine will/might look like since we both don't have any chambers?

Also, I know it's preference, but in your opinion, is it better to help cycle with a bit of live sand or a bit of live rock? lol
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Old 12-20-2012, 09:18 AM   #34
 
You should have your whole tank set up during a cycle. The Rock and Sand is where the bacteria will colonize, and thus keep you from needing a Filter. These items are key to the success of your tank. They should be in before the water goes in.
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Old 12-20-2012, 09:42 AM   #35
 
oh sorry I didn't word that right, I'm obviously going to put in all my rocks and sand when I cycle, but I was wondering if I should get any live rock or live sand (besides the dry rock and sand) to quicken the cycle a little bit, and if so which is better in your opinion?

and thanks for the pics! and is the white grid to stop the algae from going up into the DT?
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Old 12-20-2012, 01:34 PM   #36
 
Yes, the egg crate is to keep the alage from going into the DT. If you are going to mix dry rock with Live Rock, its not going to help or hinder the cycle at all, same with the sand. Only way you will avoid a cycle is to use all live rock and live sand. If this changes your mind, thn I'd recommed just staying with just Dry Rock. The Live Rock can carry some nasty stuff with it that some people have trouble getting rid of.
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Old 12-20-2012, 01:41 PM   #37
 
Hmm. ok so I'll have to think about that then. I liked the fact that live rock makes ur tank look more ocean like, but is it worth the risk of some of the bad stuff that may come with it? I'll take a few days to think about it since I'll be going to a much bigger LFS Saturday morning.
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Old 12-20-2012, 02:03 PM   #38
 
If I would go with only Dry rock, the rock will eventually be populated with bacteria, but will it look any different? or will it always just look like play dead rock?
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Old 12-20-2012, 07:02 PM   #39
 
If it were me I'd go with Macro Rocks in my Display. It will look very good once its established. It will team with beneficial bacteria, no worries there.
If your LFS has Base Rock, go with that. Up to you of course, some have very good luck with Live Rock, some have very poor luck with it. Ill get you a recent Thread on here by Hugedomel he I battling Bryopsis. Very bad thing to fight.

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Old 12-20-2012, 07:22 PM   #40
 
yeah I've been following that thread! kinda scared me a bit. gonna have to do a lot more research between now and Saturday to finally decide if I'll put in some live rock or not.

By the way, I purchased the deal on page 1! he even through in a powerhead, the Koralia 1, I think it's called. so that's cool too :) and with the head he wanted it all for 565$, I got it for 520$.

now that I made the deal is it better if I close this thread and start a news one that will be about my adventure with this tank? that way the title won't be misleading anymore? because as it's my first SW I'll have a million questions lol
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