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My favorite part about setting up a new tank is those two trips to the airport and bringing back the goodies. :beaming-face-with-smiling-eyes:
It's just unfortunate that I'm only working with a 60g tank this time!

Today I picked up the sand and about 15lbs of base rock.
It's been in the tank about 9 hours now.
No ammonia readings so far.
Can't wait for Part 2! :cool:

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It's been over 24 hours.
No ammonia has registered on my Salifert kit.
And my Salifert Nitrate kit is registering really low Nitrate levels of around .2 - .5
 

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Have you have had a vermetid snail outbreak from this rock?
 
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Have you have had a vermetid snail outbreak from this rock?
Personally, i have never had any kind of pest like that in my TBS tanks over the course of more than a decade.
 

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Doesnt most of this die off soon?
Some of mine died off and some flourished. The black sponges didn't do so well, but the white ball-like sponges are growing nicely in a shaded section of rock, cup corals growing well, fan worms good, some tunicates doing alright. I picked up the rocks from the airport and actually kept dripping water over them to keep them wet while I handled them and aquascaped (helps having a second set of hands). I didn't get macro on mine, so can't say for sure about that. Lots of coraline that's still going strong, but I can't really tell if one kind dominated the others over time with the blues on.
 
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Doesnt most of this die off soon?
Over time, yes it does tend to die off. Some things last longer than others. Some will survive a long time.
Meanwhile it's really cool to look at until you can build up your coral stock. ;)
 
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I posted new pics in my build thread but thought these two were particularly interesting.

A baby gorgonian... ain't he just adorable? :beaming-face-with-smiling-eyes:

And some kind of sponge hanging off the bottom of a rock with who knows what stuck to the tip... a tiny stone maybe?

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Did you end up with hydroids covering your rocks? I have 3 different types and 1 rock is completely covered in 2 different types
 
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Did you end up with hydroids covering your rocks? I have 3 different types and 1 rock is completely covered in 2 different types
Not really, the previous pics show pretty much everything. I have seen some almost microscopic ones on my glass. Tiny white specs. Had to use my macro lens to see what they were. They’re harmless.
 

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Any close up pictures of the rock? I'm curious how much survived a year.

I'm setting uo a new tank soon and will probably go with dry rock since I will be filling it with corals from my old tank anyway, but if I was starting a tank 'from scratch' with only small frags, this live rock would make it much more interesting than bare rock.
 
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Any close up pictures of the rock? I'm curious how much survived a year.

I'm setting uo a new tank soon and will probably go with dry rock since I will be filling it with corals from my old tank anyway, but if I was starting a tank 'from scratch' with only small frags, this live rock would make it much more interesting than bare rock.
I still have a couple small things here and there and definitely some sponges and stuff in areas you can't see, but mainly the rock is now completely covered in coralline.
It's nice to have that color and texture in the beginning like you say, when you don't really have the coral.
But at the same time, I'd want to start my tank with it especially if I did have bigger colonies, to make sure they were going into a tank that would have a better chance of being able to biologically support them, rather than into a sterile system.

I'm doing some maintenance today so the water is cloudy but I'll try to get some close up pics soon.
That little baby gorgonian i posted above is now about 4" tall with multiple branches. :)
 

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