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  1. TurboSnail

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    Hi Everyone...

    Name is Lee and Im from Johannesburg. I did have a 4 ft marine tank previously, but that was about a year and a bit back. Like they say, once the bug bites there's no going back and yes I'm starting to prep again for setting up my 2nd tank.

    Due to space issues, I'm staying with a 4ft tank. I'm getting one with a overflow hole drilled in it complete with the sump/refugium.

    I need to ask a few questions thou, so I'll drop those in the right threads and so and hopefully go from there.

    Cheers,
    Lee
     
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  3. Boendoe

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    Welcome Lee :thumbup:
     
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    Welcome to MASA Lee.You've come to the right place for advice so start asking those questions:)
     
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    hey lee:)

    welcome to masa and great to hear that you are starting up again. as you say it really is an adictive hobby:)

    4 foot is a great sized tank, a little limiting for the LS you can keep if you like the big fish, but a lovely size for a reef.

    looking forward to seeing your progress.

    welcome to masa and happy postings:)
     
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    TurboSnail Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the welcome guys!!! :)

    Well 1st and I think biggest concern right now is the live rock situation. besides actually buying live rock, what's a good alternative? I've seen a tank setup with sandstone rock and its doing brilliant. Also heard about people making rock with cement, agronite and rough sea salt / noodles to make it porous and lighter.

    I figure I'm asking in the wrong place. lol

    Still looking through the forum.
     
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    Welcome to MASA! Hope to see lots of photo's of the progress and hope we can help!

    Please come and ask the guys here at the forum before spending a cent at any LFS! Will end up saving you a small fortune and you will enjoy the rewards!!!
     
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    Hey, Welcome to MASA and Ya there is allot of stuff you can put in a marine aquarium but mostly liver rock is the best! I'm busy with a new project of taking polystyrene and sticking it on layers and then burning it giving it that live rock feel then I coated it with poolcrete and painted it with a cement based paint. The reason for the cement is that the algae and crap from the live rock can move to the polystyrene. I'm gonna put it in my tank with live rock and see what happens, but it's just a test so maybe it won't work but that aside as you can see there is allot of choices but live rock is highly recomended!!!
     
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    You can have a look at Biorock, a lot more cost effective than life rock, you will still need some liverock to seed the biorock. A lot of reefers do make there own rock but it can be a timely processes especially with the curing part.

    The last time I looked at Biorock it went for about R45 per kilo, and the stuff is pretty light so you would break the bank.
     
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    Hi and welcome to the best addiction ever
     
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    I agree, nothing is better than LR but its crazy expensive right now. I got a price from a LFS in Benoni at R95 per Kg and I need around 50 to 55 kg of LR.

    I've fortunately got time on my side (if I do want to make rock), but I don't want to spend money or waste I should say. I've got close to about 2 months before I put the tank back on, busy doing research and so on now. In all fairness I want to keep the ratio down on LR vs other rock in the tank.

    Do you guys know of any good places where I can price Bio rock / LR, etc?
     
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    Welcome to MASA!!
     
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    Welcome to MASA Lee :)
     
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    Welcome to MASA Lee!!!
     
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    Welcome Lee...looking forward to see you progress
     
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    nothing beats live rock.

    But you can use base rock, at the bottom and stack your live rock on that. In time it will look like real rock. (note - in time). What you can do to speed things up, is to put base rock and live rock in a tub now. with saltwater, heater and small circulation pump and let it "cycle" and I light over it. So by the time you want to use it, its "seeded"

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    I do not think this will work. Rock will be solid from outside, not porous. No critters can enter it, no bacteria that makes life rock what they are can live inside it.
     
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    welcome to masa


    masahello
     
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    I found out that a mate of mine has about 45 kg of "live rock". Reason I got live rock in quotes is... the rock was kenya live and was in a marine setup, but has been laying outside for close to 5 months now.

    Can this rock be used again?
     
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    Turbo, yes it can be used again BUT with a huge deal of curing. You can use it as an environment for bacteria to live in once it has been cured.



    however i would cure that stuff for a VERY long time on its own. the die off in there would have been total and that may lead to environmemntal pollution within a tank, so i would cycle that for months in a container on its own. but it can be reused with due care
     
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