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Old 12-18-2010, 10:50 PM   #11
 
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hey hey

lookin good so far. i wish i could go back to an open playground like that.i prefer wet rock cured at a LFS so i can see what is oferd.but this is always costly..when i started i got some dry base rock topped it with really nice live rock taken from as many locals as i could get. fiji,gulf of mexico, caribean,and some from a well astablished home aquaria..i did this to get the biggest bio diversity i could.they live rock from the LFS was about 7-8 bucks a pound..wher as the base whas about 2 dollars a lb and was dry.you only need a bit of really good rock and alot of patiece...or a lot of mony and all fully cured...you can get it shipped but then it has to reaclimate to your tank and you never know what shapes and sizes your gonna get..oh and welcome aboard..
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Old 12-18-2010, 11:07 PM   #12
 
Thanks Bad! I was thinking that as long as i already have cured, wet in my tank, that it will aid in "seeding" the dry stuff...Is this true?

Also, these two pieces from my friend are great, he had them in a saltwater container for almost a year before i got in to the hobby, so he had a place to put them. He charged me 60 bux for 65 lbs......i'd say that is pretty great! I am going to try to get smaller pieces to accentuate my two large pieces...
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Old 12-18-2010, 11:25 PM   #13
 
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yeah just a few good peices will be enough to seed the tank if you have patience..another good one is to get a piece with really nice purple coraline algae and smash it witha hammer...put the pieces in high light areas and the fragments help colonize the whole tank with purple goodness.
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Old 12-18-2010, 11:35 PM   #14
 
cool!

One more question......I had had my t-5 lights on consistently and just recently had my wife turn them off. What should i do, because when i am away on business i need my wife to take care....I didnt have time to teach her the few small things i knew before i left.

The tank should still be cycling, and only has the rock, so are lights necessary?
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Old 12-19-2010, 12:01 AM   #15
 
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get a cheap timer from a hardware store set it up for 9-12 hours light. i find that light is benificiary for all those photosynthetic critters as well as the micro fauna.just not to much light without a clean up crew to take care of the mess.
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Old 12-19-2010, 12:05 AM   #16
 
cool! Thanks..
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Old 01-06-2011, 02:56 PM   #17
 
Lots of live rock added!!!

Hello all, well i finally got home and added more fully cured live rock! I am happy now, the tank has around 70 lbs of LR in it. Wow was it fun to set up the aquascape......makes me really want to move on up to the bigger tank asap!! Here is a pic of my setup as of 3 weeks ago. it is already loaded with coraline algae. Will post more pix as i can. Nick

Oh yeah, one more thing. i was able to get a 24 inch Coralife aqualight pro with upgraded electronic ballast and am considering not keeping it. I am just not really in to the idea of so much evaporation due to the added heat. Can any body chime in on this. Due to the fact i fly for a living, i am gone quite a bit and the wifey has to take care of the tank when gone, so i try not to put too much on her plate as she works full time too and we have three younger boys......Just thinkning i may be able to forgo the extra evaporation if i stick with my 2-T-5 bulbs (1-10k/1-actinic) for now....
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Old 01-06-2011, 06:29 PM   #18
 
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Wow! I went and checked your 58 build thread and i love the rock placement! That is what i am really looking forward to, being able to get home and buy more rock!

This rock i got from my friend was fully cured, should i buy dry rock or more "wet" rock???
Given that you fly and are not at home a lot, I would just use dry rock. Its not like you are in a hurry to make things happen, given that you are away frequently.

The tank is looking great by the way. Very nice job with the aquascapping.
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Old 01-06-2011, 10:33 PM   #19
 
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looks real good...bet you cant wait to fill it with inverts...and fishes...hah hah i am more of an invert type of guy..as far as evap and not having a auto top off you might stick with your existing light and go with soft ,lps,and certain sps that you can place closer to the surface for more light and flow..pocilipora maybe..keep us posted..yeah
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