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About that rock. I'd recommend premium if it looks good. Usually it's lighter than the cheaper stuff and therfor is actually cheaper. Trust me. The better rock is about porosity. More pores, more surface area. More pores, less dense. Only use base rock for supporting rock work in large tanks. For a 55g I wouldn't use any. You'd be jeoporadizing possible filtration space with dense, heavy, smooth rock. Base rock is for quickly filling 100g+ tanks that will have plenty of other high quality rock.

Check out Monica at ocean homes etc. She has excellent prices and most all rock is pre cured. This means that it will clean up in about a week after it arrives. Do a one time bulk order and fill your tank for half the LFS price. Shoot for an 88lb box as UPS has a flat rate price for such boxes. That would be a really nice amount of rock. I have over 200lbs in my 75g. Any extra you can trade at the lfs and make more than you paid for it.
 
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