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Old 06-06-2009, 11:52 AM   #1
 
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I have a 45 gallon tank and will be going fowlr. The measurements are 36X12X23. I want to get a nice rock set up at a decent height. Is there a way I can drill into rock and connect it with pvc to get this effect, or are there rock set ups for sale like this?
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Old 06-06-2009, 06:53 PM   #2
 
Okay so i went out and bought a 30 lb bag of aragonite sand, 5 lb live sand from caribsea, coralife salt, a ph. nitrite and nitrate tester, and a hydrometer, oh and water conditioner..... i got it all from petsmart so it was about $100.00. So I have spent 250.00 total today including the purchase of the tank, canister, and stand. Where should my money go next? Powerhead or protein skimmer?
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Old 06-06-2009, 10:26 PM   #3
 
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For the rock setup. You can drill it yourself, just make sure you hit it with some water to knock the loose rock free before you put into tank. You can use PVC, Zip ties or Acrylic rods to create what you want.

You need to ditch the canister and get a Skimmer. With all skimmers, you get what you pay for. IF you spend $50 it won't be worth much, but if you spend 150-300 then you're getting a better skimmer. I'd say an AquaC skimmer or Euro-Reef would be good for your size tank. I never recommend a Sea Clone, Prism, Coral Life or Skilter skimmer. They aren't worth the money you spend.
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Old 06-07-2009, 08:08 AM   #4
 
Okay, thanks for the info. Do you know if the tubes on a canister filter can be replaced? I hope so because the ones i have a filled with algae ( i bought it used).
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Old 06-07-2009, 06:59 PM   #5
 
I have someone offering live rock for 3$ per lb but it has been out of his tank for over a year and just sitting in a drum. Is this a bad road to go down?
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Old 06-07-2009, 10:29 PM   #6
 
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Okay, thanks for the info. Do you know if the tubes on a canister filter can be replaced? I hope so because the ones i have a filled with algae ( i bought it used).
You want to get rid of the canister, but if you feel you want it so that you can run carbon, then you can replace it. Home depot sells clear tubing or black. Your choice.

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I have someone offering live rock for 3$ per lb but it has been out of his tank for over a year and just sitting in a drum. Is this a bad road to go down?
If it's dry it's not live rock. It's all dead. What makes live rock is the life and bacteria on the rock. You can find websites with base rock or previously live rock for cheaper then that. The online vendors even sell LR for cheaper then that. If you can talk them down to $1.5-2 per lbs, then I'd say get it... otherwise venture elsewhere.
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