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Old 06-13-2006, 09:02 PM   #11
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U should only add cured LR, which means u can only add LR from LFS. Any cured LR online will be not be cured due to shipping.
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Old 06-13-2006, 09:14 PM   #12
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Yeah, I have "cured" lr from a lfs that I get most of my corals from. The only problem is, its never fully cured. He gets rock in every two weeks and puts the rock from the old "curing" bin into the "cured" bin. So, if I want actual cured rock I'd have to get the crumbles at the bottom. Would being cured for two weeks do any good or should I just do the whole bucket method?
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Old 06-13-2006, 10:18 PM   #13
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The fact that it is cured for two weeks does help, but you're probably gonna have to finish curing it before adding it to the tank just to be safe. U could also do wut u said earlier and add a peice per week or so. Since it was cured for 2 weeks the die off from one peice at a time shouldnt effect the tank too much. It's all up to how much of a gamble u r willing to take.
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I have a concern with moving sand from one tank to another and stirring up all the toxic stuff in the sand.

Moving a tank is not a one hour process unless the new tank has been up and running in conjuction with your old tank. Patience is key in this hobby and if it were my tank I would set up the 50g with fresh water, rock, and sand. Then let it cycle or you can add water from your current tank by using water from PWC to your current tank. Once everything is settled then add the rock from your current tank and acclimate your inhabitants. You don't want to add the sand first to the new tank you should add the rocks first then add the sand around them. This will keep from having avalanches if you have sand stirring critters. Something else to think about is that if you fill your tank with 30g of water and then add 20g from your old tank you in a sense have done an over 50% water change which could stress everything in your tank. I think if you did ten gallon water changes in your old tank and kept the old water for the new tank and did a water change say every three or four days and kept that water aerated and temped you could have 30gs of water for your new tank in no time. Just my opinion. Thanks
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Old 06-14-2006, 01:15 AM   #15
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I have a concern with moving sand from one tank to another and stirring up all the toxic stuff in the sand.
I agree. Doesnt the old sand help cycle the tank though? Isn't there beneficial fauna and such in the sand as well like pods, my nass. snails, and worms? It would be nice to start fresh with all new sand but I just dont want to wait that long time to cycle my tank again.

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Something else to think about is that if you fill your tank with 30g of water and then add 20g from your old tank you in a sense have done an over 50% water change which could stress everything in your tank. I think if you did ten gallon water changes in your old tank and kept the old water for the new tank and did a water change say every three or four days and kept that water aerated and temped you could have 30gs of water for your new tank in no time.
Good idea! I hadnt thought about using the water from PWC's.
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U definatly did it the long way it shouldnt take more than an hour or two to do a transfer, using everything from the old tank.
LOL!! Some of us are a LOT slower!
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It would be nice to start fresh with all new sand but I just dont want to wait that long time to cycle my tank again.
When I moved my 29 into my current 55 gal I used all new sand along w/ the 45 lbs. LR I already had. There was a minimal cycle- all my animals survived just fine. Replacing the sand is a good idea as that's were most of the nutrients and other nasty things tend to accumulate in SW tanks. All the fauna that's in your sand, ie. worms, pods, are also in the LR. They will quickly repopulate the new sand-except the nass. snails obviously, those will have to be manually transferred. Good luck w/ the change.
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All the fauna that's in your sand, ie. worms, pods
You mean, we can't just go pod fishing!?!?!? LOL!! Sorry, having a rough day and wanted to work on lighting up aome....
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U definatly did it the long way it shouldnt take more than an hour or two to do a transfer, using everything from the old tank.

took me awhile with the aquascaping, LOL....
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You don't want to add the sand first to the new tank
I would think this would go back to the comment of stirring up the nasties in the old tank's sand.....
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