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Old 08-26-2013, 11:43 AM   #1
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Live Rock Addition..?

is it safe to add live rock once my tank is almost completely cycled? its been about a month and i think my tank is a little sparse, i have diatoms already growing and was wondering what would happen, or if its too late.
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Old 08-26-2013, 12:27 PM   #2
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is it safe to add live rock once my tank is almost completely cycled? its been about a month and i think my tank is a little sparse, i have diatoms already growing and was wondering what would happen, or if its too late.
If its not cured completely then the die off on the rock will cause an ammonia spike. Only way to do it would be 1. to buy base/dry rock, which is my recommendation since it cheaper and safer and will become live quickly, 2. Buy live rock and put it in a container of saltwater with a powerhead and let it cure over the course of a month, takes too long for me. 3. Buy 100% cured live rock, this rock is much more expensive than dry rock or live uncured rock and its too much in my opinion for something that cheaper rock with turn into very shortly. In 2-3 months my base rock was almost completely covered in Coraline algae with a nice purple color.
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If its not cured completely then the die off on the rock will cause an ammonia spike. Only way to do it would be 1. to buy base/dry rock, which is my recommendation since it cheaper and safer and will become live quickly, 2. Buy live rock and put it in a container of saltwater with a powerhead and let it cure over the course of a month, takes too long for me. 3. Buy 100% cured live rock, this rock is much more expensive than dry rock or live uncured rock and its too much in my opinion for something that cheaper rock with turn into very shortly. In 2-3 months my base rock was almost completely covered in Coraline algae with a nice purple color.
so i cant add live rock from my lrs unless i want to wait 2-3 more months, where can i get "dry rock" and how long will this prolong my coral wait time?
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If they have cured live rock you can. My lfs only has cured or dry.
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If they have cured live rock you can. My lfs only has cured or dry.
cured meaning already cycled in the large water troughs in the back with powerheads circulating water? they have that.
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That's what you need. I've put it in my tank without a problem. A lot of times live rock sits at the lfs for a long time
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That's what you need. I've put it in my tank without a problem. A lot of times live rock sits at the lfs for a long time
so thats what i got when i started my tank, it was about 1-2hrs in the styrofoam box and it bleached on me should i buy it and haul *** home then to keep it live?
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I'm not sure. I drove like 5 miles with it and put it right in my tank. I'm not sure if that was bad or not since it didn't give me any problems. It really didn't have any growth on it since they didn't keep lights on the rocks
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hmm, ill check this out, im gonna swing by on my lunch hr today.
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I would.
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