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Hey all!

good news, my second bedroom is now free, so i have decided in the next few days/weeks i am going to start a live rock farm as the first addition to my fish room.

I will be buying a sample of each kind then "farming" that kind with bio-rock, tufa etc.
will this work?

if the admins can read this and let me know if i can post further, please let me know?
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i take it this is a bad idea?
 

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well the ROI would be saving reefs and making happy hobbiests...
how i would like to work it as follows, use the sumps to fuel my fish room, about 4 3fts, then after a few months, i would trade as follows, for every kilo of rock, bio or tufa u bring i give u 700grams of LR, if u help with the seeding with donations, u get it the other way round. its all about promoting conservation with out touching the oceans...
 

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Sounds very interesting, you going need to find ways of seeding rocks quicker.

Also make sue you get loads of bio-diversity, maybe get live-sand shipped from the coast from time to time.
 

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well in the beginning i am going to see how the diff rock types take to the seeding, well i am thinking of making several dsb's and trading rock for dsb "samples", frags, basically bartering to get diff sources. looking at talking to ushaka and two oceans.

looking at using 2-3 1000l drums for the LR with the LR on shelves that can rotated the rocks around.

but any ideas/advice/suggestion i am all ears
 

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This sounds like a good idea. Only cost that will kill you is salt. You will need to do some hectic waterchanges to keep thinks going...
 

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i know, still working on the economics of it, i am think to start i am going to make something similar to lanzo's 4 tanks 1 sump thread, about 680l, and use each tank to see how long it takes to seed LR from different sources, if it goes well will make the 1000l LR tanks
 

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Will be good if this works timewise and costwise. Good luck on your new project Dallas :thumbup:
 

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thanks kalk, cool, but would be a reason to visit my holiday spot in uvongo and see the reefs of KZN, and def would like to see your setup
 

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busy designing the test tanks, looking at 450mm cubes in a 3 x 3 setup and a common sump, then if they work, will use 1000l vats for production, then use these for breeding or species tanks etc
 

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how does this sound

6 tanks @ 600x450x450, sump 1800 * 500 * 400 for dsb, skimmer and reactors.
all tanks braced top and bottom
sides 6mm and base 8mm
 

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well waiting for official quotes on glass and steel tubing

then will search for second hand equip, also looking at making very porous rock from ceramic etc
 

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Dallas, check the classifieds, someone was selling 2 x stands with 6 cubes I think. Could be HenkHugo.
 

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its on CT, i am in jhb, thanks
 

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