LR vs Bio Rock

Discussion in 'Biological/Natural Filtration and Deep Sand Beds' started by RS250, 3 May 2012.

  1. RS250

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    Hi Guys
    Please can someone explain to me what the difference is between the 2?
    Also, why do you want to put in your tank LR from Kenya and then from Moz (for example)?

    I'm starting my tank this weekend, is it fine to just add LR or LR and 2x prawns and Bacteria etc?

    Thanks
     
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  3. Hermanus

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    Ok first LR is what it says it is a live out of the see. Bio rock is hand made and dead(you need to put it in your tank and seed it with Lr to get all the bacteria from your LR and it will be as good as LR in a month or two. LR is normally more porous and not as heavy as bio rock. I used bio rock as a base rock and then LR on top of that,for my skapping.

    I do belief that LR is a better form of filtration as bio rock.

    It will be fine to start with LR and bacteria. Let your tank run for 4 weeks and test your water often to track the cycle. Once the No3 and No2 and ammoniac levels is in place you can add ls
     
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    Do you want 2x live prawns or just dead once to start the cycle?
     
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    Hi - I had the same question and came across a few threads regarding the difference when I search the site. Sorry - I have no idea how to add links - I just searched for "base rock"...
     
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    If you are new to marines, rather let the tank cycle naturally and in that time you can research and learn more. Try and add a good amount of LR one time as if you keep adding LR its going to keep extending your cycle unless you get cured LR
     
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    I recently started a tank with 80% baserock and 20% liverock ..... Filled up tank,added arag and rock let it run clear then added prodibio startup .... After a week my tank was stocked and I added another set of startup ..... 4 weeks running... Couldn't ask for it to be more perfect,levels are normal,fish/corals exceedingly happy..... And its something I learnt from past prodibio users.....

    And also what I've learnt from past experiences is the 1stly base/bio rock costs less than half the price of liverock and 2ndly ... It doesn't come with pests ie.unwanted hitchiker crabs, anemones,mantis shrimps etc... So in my opinion.. I just love base/bio rock and would recommend it to anyone starting out combined with prodibio tho... U will pass your cycle in no time.... But like the guys above said, u bein a newbie,may be better for you to run a normal cycle for the experience involved.... But u need to be very patient for that ,hence prodibio/stability etc.... Enhanced formulas for the 'impatient' guys :lol:
     
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    Thanks Hermanus, very informative

    I was referring to 2 dead prawns to start the cycle with?

    Thanks Viskop

     
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    @JsREEFn: thanks for the info :slayer:. So, if I get 20kg deadrock "baserock" and 10kg LR and divide it equally for the display tank and sump? The deadrock being placed under the LR?

    Should I then still supplement with bacteria etc?

    Also, should I wash the sand before putting it into the tank?

    Thanks :)
     
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    If you are going to have rock in the sump, then rather choose the better looking rock that suits your scaping for the display tank. Doesnt matter where the rock is and how its divided between the sump and tank, it will do the same thing.

    Adding a good bacterial source will help the cycle, but dont rush adding stock simply becasue youve added bacteria.

    If its not the arag-alive sand that comes in wet, then a rinse will help.
     
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    Thanks 459b, I will do this. Im in no hurry to add fish at this stage, I want to take my time and learn as much as possible before adding the first fish to the tank :thumbup:

    I dont have lighting for my tank yet, will the LR need light to live?

    Thanks
     
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    Unless there hitchhiker corlas on it, then no light is needed.
     
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    Is this hitchhiker corlas good or bad? (Sorry, last question) :thumbup::yeahdude:
     
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    Cant see any pic?
     
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    I think that should be hitchiker 'corals' - nopes, no pic...
     
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