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Old 03-02-2015, 12:49 PM   #1
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Cycling "cured LR"

I ordered some cured fiji from premium aquatics. I chose the 3 day shipping option. Will there be enough die off in this time that ill need to cycling the rock again?

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You should provide an ammonia source. I would also suggest a hearty scrub of any rock like this. I have some that came in thick with mud and die off that is still in the tank to this day, most likely leaching nitrates and such into my tank.
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Put the rock in a container with a powerhead... Put a dead shrimp in a net in that container, wait ammonia raise to 3-4ppm and wait until it become nitrates.
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I ordered some cured fiji from premium aquatics. I chose the 3 day shipping option. Will there be enough die off in this time that ill need to cycling the rock again?

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Buying cured LR and then just cleaning them off just doesn't makes sense. If those LR are still wet when it arrives, I would not clean them. They already full of bb with some surprises and no need to cycle. Just take water parameter readings in separate container before adding them to your tank.
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Wouldn't there already be an ammonia source from all the die off? So why add the shrimp?

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Because die off from rock is rarely enough to build up enough of a bacteria base to support livestock.
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You also want some complex proteins in the water to break down. That's why a shrimp is appropriate. Much of the die off in LR is plant based. At least that's my story.


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From what I know cured LR are already full of beneficial bacteria. So what is the purpose of adding ammonia? I would just let the bb that are already present in the rocks to consume whatever ammonia is given off due to die off.
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From what I know cured LR are already full of beneficial bacteria. So what is the purpose of adding ammonia? I would just let the bb that are already present in the rocks to comes whatever ammonia is given off due to die off.
So, this cured live rock that is under 3 day shipping will be submerged in water 100% of the time? Properly heated? It can't be cured well enough and depending on the weather it all could die off. You want to give it an ammonia source to ensure that it is cycled.
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Bacteria will survive without heat or light as long as the rocks are moist for several days. Truly cultured LR doesn't have plants just bb.
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