I have ~8 pounds of LR
that has been curing in a 5g bucket for a bit over a week now. I bought this at a LFS
the same day they took shipment of about 100 pounds of new LR
. The rock was shipped to them in insulated boxes wrapped in wet towels. The LFS
said I should treat it as uncured since they just got it and had not even checked it out for themselves. I bought four rocks total, three were from the new shipment and one was a rock they have had for weeks and no one wanted it. I have done two 50% water changes during this time and vacuumed of the rock and bottom of the bucket during each change. In the bucket I have a 175gph power head, and it is heated to 81F as well. The bucket really stunk for the first couple days, but barely has a scent now. I ran a 50/50 NO
light over the bucket for about 12 hours a day the whole time.
Today I tested the ammonia level. It is ~0 on my FasTest kit. I checked again to be sure, same results.
At this point, I have a few options, not sure what to do. Here are my options.
1) Leave the rock in the bucket and let it be, check again in a few days.
2) Dump out all of the water in the bucket, refill with fresh saltwater, check again in a few days.
3) Add on piece to my tank and see how it goes. Then add the rest of the pieces one at a time.
4) Add all of the new rock to the tank.
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