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Old 10-13-2013, 10:50 PM   #11
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Have a 10 gallon saltwater aquarium and just wanted to know if I can add live rock to a fully cycled tank that already has fish and invertebrates? I have about 7 or 8 pounds of live rock and wanted to add about 4 more pounds. Tank is fully cycled and established. Will this case an ammonia or nitrate spike?
Where will you be getting the new live rock from? If you have a way to keep it in a bucket fully submerged in transit, then you can just add it to your tank and shouldn't see any spike or cycle due to a lack of die off.
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Old 10-13-2013, 11:33 PM   #12
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That filter would be fine.
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That filter would be fine.
I was talking about a powr head not a filter
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Old 10-14-2013, 11:23 AM   #14
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I just added 70 lbs to my 75gal
I already had 65 lbs in there .
I added close to half and cured the rest in a storage tote with a power head and a old bio life filter I had .
It's the same as a cycle ,
The due off creates a ammonia spike triggering the nitrogen cycle to start .
The other half that I put in my established tank didn't effect parameters at all .
After a couple weeks and everything tested 0 I added it all and re arranged all my rocks .
I have caves , crevices and tunnels everywhere .
Perfect hiding places and circulation .
I read that the Berlin method is essentially 2x lbs of rock per gallon and using a good skimmer as a. Natural bio filter .
I still have the canister filter running but think I only need it for cleaning and polishing the water .
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I've been adding more to my new tank with cured live rock from my lfs ( what they sell it as). I add one or two kg at time and had no spike, last week added 4 kg and nothing on test plus only out water for about 30 mins.
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Old 10-14-2013, 08:46 PM   #16
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No matter what I'm sure we will get some die off going from different waters ,
But I think it's how fast our systems adjust to the different bio load and correct it
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