How much live rock should i get???

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  1. ant

    ant Vampyroteuthis Registered

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    OK.....My dad just gave me 500$ to finish up the octopus stuff. So i am wondering how much live rock and sand do i need
     
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    Re: How much live rock should i get???

    Would your dad like to adopt?????? :lol:

    J
     
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    What size tank? People used to recommend 2 pounds per gallon, but thru lots of trial and error that amount has been reduced to about a pound a gallon. It also depends on the density of the rock. the lighter and more porous the rock are, the less you need. Are you buying fully cured or uncured rock?

    Spring
     
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    Hi ant,

    I bought a little over 1 lb/gallon of live rock and later added a bit more, but as my octo grew, I found I had too much live rock. I've had to reduce the amount back to 1 lb/gallon.

    As for sand, figure about 1 inch of fine sand - use aragonite sand to help control your pH. Wash it thoroughly (this may take some time and effort) before adding it to the tank.

    Nice of your dad to chip in some cash for your octopus project!

    Be sure to allow enough time for your tank to cycle - we suggest 3 months.

    Also, as Colin once suggested, you need to figure out a source of shrimp and crabs before your octo arrives. It would be good to have lots of amphipods living in your tank for your octo to eat when he arrives, too.

    Nancy
     
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    i have a 55 gallon tank and i have a 10 gallon where im going to kepp the lil' critters and i can put some in the sump :)
     
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    :heee: :heee: :heee: double post sorry
     
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    so can i just get about 55 pounds of live rock and use that???
    also, how many pounds of live sand should i get for about and inch of my tank?
     
  8. Burstsovenergy24

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    You dont have to get any live sand unless you are just overflowing with money. :heee:

    That would be great! Im starting to want to have a fuge out of the system, because some of the food I got for him dies and he gets all sad. :(
     

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