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Old 10-31-2013, 06:51 PM   #11
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I bought a load of base rock once and added it into a 40g tank where I was going to do a hyposalinity treatment for my fish when they had ich. I added a sponge filter that I had sitting in my reef tank to it to help with ammonia. Even after thoroughly cleaning the rock off there was a HUGE spike in ammonia, waaaay more than 2 clowns and a firefish could even begin to produce. it may be dry rock but that doesn't mean it won't still produce ammonia.
So could i use this to cycle the tank and not have to cure it?
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I bought a load of base rock once and added it into a 40g tank where I was going to do a hyposalinity treatment for my fish when they had ich. I added a sponge filter that I had sitting in my reef tank to it to help with ammonia. Even after thoroughly cleaning the rock off there was a HUGE spike in ammonia, waaaay more than 2 clowns and a firefish could even begin to produce. it may be dry rock but that doesn't mean it won't still produce ammonia.
There can still be a lot of dead stuff in the dry rock that will decay and cycle the tank once it has been soaked for a while.
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You guys still didnt answer my Q! Can i use the die off to cycle?
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Old 10-31-2013, 09:28 PM   #14
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Yes but you might need to give it a helping hand with a raw cocktail shrimp.

I did it and had 20lbs cycled and cured in 3 weeks.
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Yes you can that's what curing live rock is it uses the die off to start the cycle if there's any dead stuff in your base rock it too will start a cycle.
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Yes you can that's what curing live rock is it uses the die off to start the cycle if there's any dead stuff in your base rock it too will start a cycle.
Ok, i will ad table shrimp aswell to help cycle, thanks!
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Watch the BRS video on curing the rock. I followed their procedure and was completely successful.
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Watch the BRS video on curing the rock. I followed their procedure and was completely successful.
I did, but could i use it to cycle my tank without curing it first????? EDIT: lol i just saw what you guys said... Thanks!
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Also how do you cure live rock with corals? I got a 7lb piece an hour ago, its in the tank already but just wanted to know if its possible
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Also how do you cure live rock with corals? I got a 7lb piece an hour ago, its in the tank already but just wanted to know if its possible
The live rock already has corals on it? If that's the case its a cured piece of live rock and shouldn't have to go through any processing or cycling.
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