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Old 03-02-2007, 11:34 AM   #1
 
I've got a question on equipment.

I need powerheads, are there any that you recommend? The LFS has aquaclear and another one that I can't remember the name of, but it's a wave maker. How many should I get? 2 small, 1 maedium, 1 large?

Also, I need live rock. I've been searching around and all I can find is really expensive. Now, I live at the beach, so could I just go to the beach and get some that look healthy and then cure it? If I need to buy it, what type do you recommend? The LFSs here have Fiji, Marshall island, and a couple others.

Thanks guys!
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Old 03-02-2007, 04:25 PM   #2
 
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For power heads I prefer streams. In order, Tunze, Hydor Koralia, Seio.

I'd stay away from beach rock for several reasons.

1. It is near the shore. Pollutants gather at the shore. you might introduce somethign to the tank.

2. It could easily be made from land based minerals that could cause issues in the tank. Think about why the rock is close to the beach, because it probably eroded from banks recently. this is possibly a granite or quartz. It would have no benefits in the tank.

3. Live rock is actually millions of year old coral skeletons. Exactly what you want to have slowly dissolve and react with the water keeping your live corals going.
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Old 03-02-2007, 05:15 PM   #3
 
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I need powerheads, are there any that you recommend? The LFS has aquaclear and another one that I can't remember the name of, but it's a wave maker. How many should I get? 2 small, 1 maedium, 1 large?

Also, I need live rock. I've been searching around and all I can find is really expensive. Now, I live at the beach, so could I just go to the beach and get some that look healthy and then cure it? If I need to buy it, what type do you recommend? The LFSs here have Fiji, Marshall island, and a couple others.

Thanks guys!
if your store is too expensive (i know what you mean, my lfs has fiji rock going at 6.50 a pound and 12 dollars for all other live rocks.) then just buy them online from a reputable dealer.
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Old 03-02-2007, 05:17 PM   #4
 
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Like www.oceanhomesetc.com Monica is super nice and is willing to assist however she can.
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Old 03-02-2007, 05:46 PM   #5
 
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$6.50 is still cheaper than mine; $6.99 per pound for Fiji. I've been checking out E-bay and a guy was selling his for ~$70.00 for 20lbs. That sounds good and apparantly they have a 15,000 gal tank/pool that they do that stuff in in Florida. What do you think about that? Mike, I'll check out the link you gave, thanks!!!

Thanks for the info about the rocks at the beach. I didn't even think about the pollutants. Duh!

What do you mean by stream (powerheads)? You mean the ones that don't make waves? The guy at the LFS was trying to sell us on the AquaClear power head and an attachement that would make it twirl in a circle.
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Old 03-02-2007, 07:19 PM   #6
 
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Everyone I know quit using power heads about 2 years back. We are all using stream pumps. They are submersible like a PH but instead of a olane ol veined impeller the generally have a prop like a boat and a 2" discharge. You can move anywhere from 600-6,000 GPH without creating a pinpoint flow like a PH. They move tons of water in a gentle manner that does not harm fish or corals. The best reading I can ever advise is on the Tunze website. Do a search for them online and then read their brochures. It'll explain everything in great detail. They created some of the best equipment, their prices show it.
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