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Old 10-17-2012, 02:46 PM   #41
 
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Yea first time you fill the tank you can mix it in the tank. Unless you using cured live rock. Then its not a good idea for the rock to sit in fresh water.
Ahh, and the LR I will be using to seed the tank is from my QT so that's considered cured correct? (it was moved from the DT to the QT, within the same water, so no die off)

Is it weird to want to buy a 2-3 pounds of LR from the LFS even though I have like 45lbs of dry and 15 lbs of cured? I kinda want the 'critters' and 'things' people normally see when they buy massive amounts of LR. Would I even get any of that stuff from just 2-3lbs? Do you think im insane because I already have LR that would have no unwanted issues and I should just use that? lol....excitement kicking in
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Old 10-17-2012, 06:14 PM   #42
 
Lots of stuff on Live Rock, easy to see why you want that to seed the other rock. It will seed, but it will also take forever for that to happen.
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Old 10-17-2012, 11:25 PM   #43
 
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Lots of stuff on Live Rock, easy to see why you want that to seed the other rock. It will seed, but it will also take forever for that to happen.
Ok maybe one nice 2-3 lbs rock. We will see.........

Anyway Im no plumber..........and I made it alot harder then it should have been.......but the RO/DI is in place and I assume I have clean water. I dont have a TDS meter. Man Im glad i got the 100gpd and not the 50, cause that seems slow enough as it is, i dont wanna see what the 50gpd is like.

I need to clean it up still...... Its under the kitchen sink as I have no utility room. Orange is waste water, i need to decide if I want to drill a hole in my pipes or if I will just sit the orange tube in the sink as im making water.




Rough aquascape complete as well. Hopefully more fun tomorrow.

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Old 10-17-2012, 11:27 PM   #44
 
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Old 10-18-2012, 07:13 AM   #45
 
I bought my live rock from a couple different stores and one store had what I would call "purified" and the other had crazy stuff all over it. I got like three different types of algae, a colony of feather duster worms, a couple aiptasia, these weird green sponge looking things and bristle worms. That was all from one three pound rock. Granted I removed the bubble algae, aiptasia one massive bristle worm and the sponge things. Live rock with tons of life can be great but it can also be a bit of a project.
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Old 10-18-2012, 07:15 AM   #46
 
Your rock looks great too by the way.
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Old 10-18-2012, 10:36 AM   #47
 
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I bought my live rock from a couple different stores and one store had what I would call "purified" and the other had crazy stuff all over it. I got like three different types of algae, a colony of feather duster worms, a couple aiptasia, these weird green sponge looking things and bristle worms. That was all from one three pound rock. Granted I removed the bubble algae, aiptasia one massive bristle worm and the sponge things. Live rock with tons of life can be great but it can also be a bit of a project.
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I kinda want a project............ And I know its all about the bacteria, but I dont see any pods or anything in my QT now which is the only LR I have......Is this an issue and a reason to get from the LFS.......I sound like i have not done my homework, but I have, im just trying to process alot of info at once lol

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Thank You.....I had no idea how it was going to work....stacking rock that is. I always thought it would be so unbalanced, and that It would be hard to get caves and holes.. Turns out I had no issues, and im happy with it being my first time. My issues are

Most of the LR pieces in my QT are large, so they either need to go on the bottom, or stay in the QT. Im thinking stay in the QT. They also have the shrooms on them, so Im thinking it would be best to keep them in the QT and out of the DT until it is cycled. More reason to grab a LR from the LFS.

I love the look of the marco rocks so much I want to buy another 25 lbs lol.The LR that came with the tank is a 'different style'. The holes and groves dont really match I guess. I dont know if it matters since it will all turn the same color eventually and hopefully will have amazing corals covering it.

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No sir, I bow to you... would never attempted this without the help of TFK.
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Old 10-18-2012, 06:06 PM   #48
 
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Well, Im a jerk lol. I really like the Marco rocks............. the others, just wont work for me. They dont stack as nice, and they are either way to big, or way to small. I went ahead and ordered another 25lbs from marco as I had a side job last night that pretty much covered the cost. Of course if I just ordered the 50 at once I would have had it all yesterday and saved $15.....but whatever
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Old 10-21-2012, 06:13 PM   #50
 
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RO/DI does not produce as fast as I would like. It's 100gpd so it should be around 5gph biut it's more like 5 gp3 hours. I just hope it's clean. I think my tds meter will be here tomorrow.

Does the freshwater need to be stored with a circulation pump or is it ok just with a lid.
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