I know I have always heard from word-of-mouth at the local fish store that the more live rock you have the better it is for your reef tank and or Fowler tank. I mean don’t get me wrong I’ve seen many Fowler and reef tanks that is completely packed full of live rock. Yeah some people do it just for Aquascaping purposes to try to make it look like a naturalized or simulated reef which is what everyone is trying to aim for.
But then there is a select few that have a very minimal rock scape so they have room for their fish to swim around and for their coral to grow. To each their own, they set up their tank on how they want it to look like it’s all personal preference .
So on that note let’s get down to the nitty-gritty and the topic of this whole discussion what biological filtration do you use? And how long has it been successful for you? Did it have a long early setup ugly stage?
I own a Red Sea 750xxl with 40lbs of rock and 80lbs of sand in the display. It is a very minimalist approach for rockscape and biological filtration.
Until you open up the cabinet and see the sump, at a glance it still looks very normal and not packed with live rock
I actually have 6 bricks and one plate all from Brightwell Aquatics. I’m not here to represent them, I’m not being endorsed or paid by them. I’m just telling what works for ME, it may not work for you. Cause Every reef tank or Fowler is different. Whether it is overstocked understocked different products doses equipment etc.
When I initially set up this tank I took one of the bio bricks from an already established tank to “seed” this new setup. Yes it went through an ugly stage for about a month and then it pretty much just all disappeared once I tuned in my refugium and protein skimmer. I have also used marine pure in the past which is cost me tons of problems with leaching aluminum into the water column and becoming a nutrient sink. I have used the brightwell xport bio bricks, not the NO3 ones. As I have read and heard that those had a bad batch a while back and were “Disintegrating” but that issue has since been fixed. I will only recommend what works from personal experience. And I am curious what everyone else is using and what works for you.