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Old 03-16-2013, 10:54 PM   #1
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Curing dry rock for a beginner

I'm new to saltwater; question is do you HAVE to cure dry rock and must it been done in a separate tank? I have 1 36gal tank and want to get started.
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Old 03-17-2013, 12:19 AM   #2
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If its dry rock there's nothing alive on it so just rinse it off and put it in. If you use tap water to rinse it off let it dry before putting it in.
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Old 03-17-2013, 03:27 AM   #3
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If your are just getting started you can cure rock during the cycle. Basically it serves the same purpose.
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Old 03-18-2013, 08:04 AM   #4
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Just be sure to test for PO4, i am curing my dry rock in my tank for 1 month then doing a 100% water change and then starting the cycle. I am sure the rock will cycle some now but i want to make sure there is no PO4. BRS has a great little video to explain what to do with dry rock
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Ditto on the BRS video; they have a bunch of videos on how to cure rock, set up the tank, etc.

I am about to start my first cure, as well, and plan on doing a 100% WC after the ammonia hits zero.
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Old 03-20-2013, 08:44 PM   #6
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Why do you have to do a water change after it cures, doesn't that defeat the purpose of cycling your tank with the rocks?
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Old 03-20-2013, 09:29 PM   #7
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You should wait for ammonia and nitrite to zero out, then do a water change when you only have detectable nitrate. You don't need to do 100%. 30% or so would be fine really, depending on the nitrate level.
A water change does not remove the bacteria. most bacteria resides on surfaces. the rock, glass, and substrate.
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Old 03-21-2013, 09:03 AM   #8
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I think the reason most people do a 100% change is to get any dissolved organics out of the tank. Running carbon while you're doing the cure would achieve this, and help cut down on any stink, too...
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I don't think most people do a 100% water change. this is the first time I am hearing of someone doing a 100% water change after a cycle.
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Old 03-21-2013, 06:54 PM   #10
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The reason I am doing it is because I bought the rock from BRS and its what they suggest!
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