04-10-2012, 12:59 AM
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I have 1.2 lbs of rock per gallon and that seems to work great. One mistake I made was in not realizing that some corals come on live rock to begin with. I'm not to sure what kind of rock you have, but I bought real reef madness from liveaquaria. It's a man made live rock and its Eco friendly plus you don't get the annoying pests like aipstia. The added benefit of live rock is it take 2-3 weeks to cycle tank and not months, beneficial bacteria, coraline algae, and not to mention it plays a major role in natural filtration.
I strongly recommend a protein skimmer. No big rush on it now (while cycling) but when it's time for inhabitants,I would get one.
I used 1.4 pounds of sand per gallon and that have me a nice 3-4" deep sand bed. You can buy sand a any Petsmart or LFS (ArgAlive).
Takes this info with a grain of slat however. I'm a newbie thats only has is tank running for about 2 months (so far, so good)