Originally Posted by Reefing Madness
Live Sand from the bag, no rinsing, just throw it in the tank. As for the Rock, if you thinking about cost, then just get a 5-10lb piece of LR and the rest Macro Rock or something along thos lines, the LR will seed the tank, no worries.
I used almost 50 lbs of Marco Rock for my RSM 130 which is kinda like your tank. You may want to keep that in mind while ordering as ordering 50lbs at once is cheaper than 25lbs now, then going back to order another 25lbs. Plus you would get more diversity in the rock and have some left over for future projects
. Not trying to sway you in any direction, just sharing my experiance.
I used another 3lbs of LR to seed the tank which took just over 1 month (your mileage my vary) but I also got a nasty algea hitch hiker so prepare for some bumps in the road, but if you plan ahead and be patient all should work out.
Originally Posted by Benm1020
Thank you. Haha im so used to washing new sand i would have probably done it.
As for live rock and macro rock where should i order it online and also anyone know of a good lfs in newjersey (monmouth county)
I work near trenton and live in Pa but im not exactly sure where you are. There is a Place I like in Deptford called Aquarium Center. They do not have the best SW section ( Very nice in FW) they will have what you need to get started i.e Dry Goods, LR, CUC etc.
In PA there is The Hidden Reef, and Fish Factory and even further in PA is That Fish Place, which will carry just about everything, but alot of planning would be needed to get fish home safely from there judging on distance. Worth a trip either way imho at some point and their dry goods are cheap.
Also what are your plans for source water. RO/DI is highly suggested.
Hope that helps