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This is my super attempt at nano tank and I know its is quite small and that bigger tanks usually are easier but its all have to work with. I my questions is this:

1.Tank is a 5.5 ADA tank
2. filtration will be from an Eheim canister filter model n
Can I use OLD live rock from a previous tank in the filter? This rock is "salty
" and has been out of the water for about 6 months. I have not rinsed it whatsoever. My substrate will consist of Ocean Direct caribblean live sand. I am in the process of having a custon over flow for a sump.

Shoudl I ditch the old "live rock" and buy new rock from the LFS or will the old rock be fine? Thanks for any advice. I plan to cycle to the tank for about 2 weeks and um not sure if I shoudl use a fishless cycle or a fish cycle. This is my first go around with a saltwater setup. I am very familiar with freshwater. Thanks in advance for any help.
 

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Well, if the rock has been out of the water, it is just dead rock. It probably has some residue from the living stuff that was on it, and you should scrub and clean it up pretty well if you want to use it. It would need to be seeded with some new live rock. But for that small of a tank, I would just go and get some new live rock from one of our sponsors. FJW Aquarium has good rock at a great price, and he is over by NW Mall on Mangum.

As for your cycle, just do it fishless if you can. No sense risking a poor fish. I got all live rock from a couple of members on here when I set up mine and I had a very short cycle.

Good luck on it!
 

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There are a few guys on here doing custom acrylic work, Ulric and NewbieReefer24 are a couple. I don't know anything about them, but look around the website for some info on their work.
 

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trb said:
There are a few guys on here doing custom acrylic work, Ulric and NewbieReefer24 are a couple. I don't know anything about them, but look around the website for some info on their work.

I'm a single parent with kids, ride motorcycles still have all my hair.
I've got a 105g (approx) tank, some softies...a duncan, misc acro frag & elegance coral... LTA, and 7 fish, 4-6 shrimp. :)
 

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