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  1. kevin5

    kevin5 Member

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    in about 3 weeks hope to have my aqua 400 tank with ,sump portion skimmer,pump, and heaters
    lights are t5 length 52" inches width 21 inches hight 29 inches how much live rock will i need please
     
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    The old rule was 1 pound per gallon, but not so sure I even follow that anymore.

    I would go with dry rock and create your aquascape and see what you like. You can always add more rock into the sump area.

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    Welcome, being a noob myself, I can't say enough good things about these people. Always willing to help
     
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    It's the meeting of the noobs, haha. I agree 100% w/ Snuggs. Greatest forum out there, always active, always someone on who can help or direct. When i finally do my plumbing this weekend you can BET I'll be lighting up a thread or two (hopefully not after having 130 gallons of water on my floor or more). haha. Welcome :)
     
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    With rock, you can't really go off of that old rule of 1lb to 1 gallon...just because there are many types of rock used now that are very porous...so they won't be as dense. For my tank, I started with about 3/4 of the old rule and then added a few pieces as needed to fill in. Everyone is different though.
     
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    Welcome to R2R! That's going to be awesome, keep us updated on your build.

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    thank you everybody cant wait to get started
     
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    Welcome!
     
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    Jason mack Well-Known Member R2R Supporter

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    Welcome too R2R kevin ...
     
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    Yes not all rock is created equal as mentioned some would require more and some less. The pound per gallon rule no longer applies in some cases. Most people still seem to run that amount but thats not to say its overkill or underkill even. Depending on type of rock and other nutrient export methods and stock list
     
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    Welcome to R2R mate, good to see another UK reefer on here! The amount of live rock you need also depends on the style of aquascape that you would like, so don't be too worried about sticking to an absolute minimum amount of LR. If you feel like you haven't got enough in the display, you can always put rubble bits and small pieces of LR in your sump and that will boost the surface area for your beneficial bacteria to grow on.
     
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    +1^. Plus another Brit here :D:cool:
     
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    Where abouts are you??
     
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    Welcome to R2R, you've come to the right place. :)
     
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    Im in Rotterdam now .. but Im originally from Blackpool
     
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    i am just ouside nottingham place called mansfield
     
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    thanks for welcome nice to no some brits in here
     
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    will keep everyone updated cant wait to get started lol
     
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    I did all my plumbing DIY with the help of everyone here!
     
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