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    Smile Need a few things

    Ok got your response about the live rock..

    Ultra Vanuatu LiveRock looks good..

    Im going mainly fish only. so how much rock do i need for my mini 20H gal aquarium?

    Im putting in 2 clowns, 1 royal gramma, and maybe some thing else not to sure..

    and was wonder what you all suggest?


    Thanks all..

    Oh yeah can i pick up my order of live rock when i submit it?

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    Sure thing Fisherman... picking it up might be better as you will be able to hand pick the pieces you want.

    As for how much you need... get as much as you can afford as the rock is the main filter of your system. I would shoot for at least 20 pounds.

    If you plan on adding the livestock very slowly (over the course of a year). You might want to go with 50% base rock(much cheaper $2/pound) and seed it with the liverock. The base Rock will eventualy look and function like liverock but it takes time. Hope this helps.

    IJO

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    what kinda rock is the base stuff?

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    Talking fisherman

    On a 20g I would just go for the straight liverock. My reasoning,baserock is much more dense and therefor doesn't act as good for filtration as the real macoy because its not as porous which is needed for the bacteria to thrive and grow. Baserock is great if you have a bigger system and skimmer. Lots of bigger tank owners use base to prop up the liverock onto. Ivan has great liverock at AC and I would therefor just buy 20lb's of liverock.IMO

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    Okies Thanks for the suggestion... <sneaks into wifes bank account>

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    Hello

    Just remember that the more rock you have the less water you will have. Meaning your system being only 20 gallons will have alot less water so therefore be a lot less stable. This will have implacation in every thing you do or add to your tank from that point on.

    Stan

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    very good info! Thats the draw back on small tanks.

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    yes thanks...

    But my father use to keep nano reefs with fish 5,10,15 gallon no problem.. He told me a trick..

    Once you get your desired affect.. don't screw with it after.. let it live..

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    ok... So I shouldn't start a little fish only tank... With a bit of live rock?

    So Your saying i won't work out?

    That sucks..

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    There are a lot of people on ReefCentral and Nano-reef (plus here on AC) who are running tanks of 10G and less. As I understand it, they are more sensitive to problems but they can be run quite successfully.
    Nick

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