Reef Setup

How to Clean and Cure Live Rock

Fresh live rock is teaming with millions of fascinating reef species that have the potential to grow and thrive in a captive saltwater environment. "Curing" live rock refers to a period of normal die off of some of these organisms when the rock is moved from the ocean to a captive saltwater environment or from one location to another. When cured properly, live rock rebounds from the die off and many organism...

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Choosing the Correct Spot for your Reef Tank

  A reef tank is quite different from a freshwater tank or even a saltwater fish only tank. Once a reef tank is set up, it should not be moved unless absolutely neccessary. Because of this it is important to take a little time to consider where to set up your reef tank on a long term basis. Here are some things to consider:   Reef tanks are heavy Each gallon of saltwater weighs around 8 poun...

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Step by Step Guide to Setting up a Reef Tank

Step One   The first thing you will want to do is to get a notebook. Write down everything you have in mind. Ask yourself:   A. What size tank?   B. How much filtration will I need? (the entire volume of water should be turned over at least twice per hour)   C. How much substrate will I need? (a good amount is a 1.5 to 3 inch depth)   D. ...

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How to Cure Live Rock

Note: All live rock should only be handled while wearing gloves.  There are many animals that can be hiding in and on the live rock that can cause a lot of harm to the person handling it. Animals such as Sea urchins, some snails and Zoanthids can be toxic to the touch, mantis or pistol shrimp can slash a finger down to the bone and open wounds can easily become infec...

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