01-19-2011, 10:04 AM
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Newb here. First salt water tank.
I am starting in this hobby with a free tank and mostly free equipment. Let me break down what I currentl have. It's a 29 gallon tank. I am using an undergravel filter system with a power head. I also have a biowheel filter with 4 cartridges. I have a heater that is integrated into the filter but I am thinking of turning it off and adding a 100 watt submersible. So on to my questions. I am using crushed coral as a base. I currently have no live rock in the tank. I am not using a protein skimmer. Right now my SG is about 1.021 to 1.022. My ph was around 8.0 two days ago. I have been using some marine additive to get the ph up to 8.2 to 8.3. My question is should I add live rock? If so will I be fine without a skimmer or uv sterilizer. Sorry for my ignorance but I was looking forward to adding fish this weekend but I assume if I just add live rock tonight then I should hold off. Thank you so much.