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Old 01-24-2012, 11:54 PM   #1
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How long for dry rock to show some life?

Typically how long does it take for dry rock to show some life and turn live? Just started my first 75 gallon salt water tank which is now in its 2nd week of cycling. Added a bottle of Bio-Spira to help kick start the cycling. Of course I'm not expecting anything now but was wondering when I can expect to see some life. Thanks in advance!

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Old 01-25-2012, 12:08 AM   #2
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It takes a while. To hurry up the proces get a couple small live rocks from the lfs with lots of coraline algea.
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+1. The only way to speed up the process is though adding live rock to seed the base. Base rock can take a couple of months to really blend in with live rock depending on how much live you have
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just add an ammonia source to build up the bacteria colony, you can buy bottles rotifers to help seed the rock with critters and you can buy bottled pods to build up a colony of them
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Here is a thread i read it shows how he kick started the growth on his rocks.

http://www.reefsmagazine.com/forum/r...cial-reef.html
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Yup, add some live rock if anything to help seed your base more quickly.
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Old 01-25-2012, 02:15 AM   #7
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are you lookign for coralline algae growth or actual critters? liek worms and pods?
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Gti_Leo, I'm looking for coralline growth.

I just added two raw shrimp to start an ammonia spike.


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Old 01-25-2012, 01:07 PM   #9
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Like advised, add cured live rock with corraline after your cycle. Base or dry rock with an ammonia source for cycling only establishes the life you can't see.

P.S. - where in MD are you?
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Old 01-25-2012, 01:33 PM   #10
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Ray,

I'm in Olney (Montgomery County). I've been to Accokeek a few times (I appraise houses for a living). About a 60-70 minute drive.

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