You trimmed my quoteHow so?
Great idea... but very much species specific. My cardinals rarely hide. Clowns? As long as their Anemone is available, no need for rocks. Got an eel? Ok, so you need some caves... or how about a bit of pvc pipe? Corris wrasse? He's not going to care much about rock, but probably won't survive without a couple of inches of sand.I would like to put forward a new rule in this day of NSA rockwork and Bio Media's
The HSPF rule Hiding Space Per Fish Rule for their mental health
mine 29 is all Fiji I still have about 40 lbs in a 75 gal tank for a year now seeding 180 of dry rock with 6 tangs and 10 other fish I have not changed the water in 3 months no3 10 ppm lolIt's amazing the advances in reef keeping, and we're lucky that there's more options, so it's up to personal choice on the aesthetics and cost. I'm old school, and still have my Fiji Live rock from almost 20 years ago when I downsized to my 35 gal. I kept my favorite, most interesting looking pieces. That stuff is heavy, but I love it. I'd probably have 50 to 60 pounds, spread out over the 6 smallish pieces. I have a sloping wall setup with space around the sides/front with a cave in the middle for depth. Lot's of hiding places for my fish.
This, think surface area, not weight imo.I chose other because because I think it is more about surface area than lbs of rock. I feel that it is still a good starting point, but not a hard rule. With things like Marinepure and Brightwell Xport bricks, we can now have less live rock with MORE surface area for bacteria.
I hope not. It's a great simple method for beginners. I also think a really well done rock scape is almost just as beautiful as a tank full of coral so I guess I am a little biased toward that end. Definitely much prefer the look of wall to wall, top to bottom coral as opposed to the tiny piles of coral scraps that are all the rage now.Happily, the days of the Berlin method, or the Rock Wall reef are pretty much over.
wow, dope lil evo!With all of the advances in filtration technology over the years, I think it’s more of an aesthetic thing than anything else. In my opinion, it’s all about what you want to see when you look at your tank.
Yes, live rock plays a role in how a tank functions but there are many “ minimalist“ scapes in tanks that function very well.
I have a 13.5 Evo with over 20lbs of live rock in it. The tank is packed full of scape and corals. That’s what I like to see when I view my tank.
You don't actually need any liverock if you have bricks and balls and it works just as good. I don't like the look of a tank filled to the top with rock. If you have large fish it can really take up room to swim. My tanks usually have less than 1lb per gallon.Today is our QOTD where we feature saltwater aquarium methods, ideas, tricks, equipment, livestock etc. where YOU the viewer will decide if the subject of the topic is deserving of the Underrated, Overrated or Just Right rating! f you have ideas for topics please message me!
Today we are going to talk about the "Live Rock Per Gallon" rule. For many, many years, before all the new filtration technology was available, we had a Live Rock Per Gallon rule and the rule was you needed 2lbs of rock per gallon in your saltwater aquarium. Later is was revised to 1lb per gallon and today it's even less maybe? I've seen successful reef tanks with very little live rock at all. So let's talk about this thing as a whole. Not just how many pounds you should have but is the "pound per gallon" rule relevant at all anymore.
Please rate the following statement as Underrated, Overrated or Just Right.
You should have 1-2lbs of Live Rock per gallon in your saltwater aquarium. Underrated, Overrated or Just Right?
Bonus: How many pounds of LR do you currently have in how many gallons of water?
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