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Old 11-26-2004, 11:49 PM   #1
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Live Rock Seeding

I've got some base rock in my tank now and was wondering if I was to get some live rock, would the anaerobic bacteria transfer to my base rock?
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Old 11-27-2004, 01:36 AM   #2
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Yes. but really, you don't even need to do that. bacteria will grow everywhere. You can actually just use a piece of raw unfrozen cocktail shrimp to grow the same bacteria. IT's just that "live rock" is prettier
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Old 11-27-2004, 09:47 AM   #3
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I didn't know that.
I had placed my live rock directly adjacent (touching, actually) my base rock hoping to get it to seed.
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Old 11-27-2004, 10:22 AM   #4
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Actually that would be right. The live rock is "pretty" but i used almost twice as much base rock as I did live and even the base rock gains the pretty coraline in a bout 6-8 months. Can barely tell the difference between my old base and live rock now. And it provides a good place for that bacteria to grow.
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Base rock is a lot cheaper too And like already stated in several months it will look/function exactly like the LR you purchased.
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Old 11-28-2004, 09:24 PM   #6
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So then if I already have about 200 lbs of base rock, how much live rock should I get to "seed" my base rock? Will the anaerobic bacteria form inside my base rock without seeding the tank with live rock? If I do seed the tank with live rock, how long will it take to transfer the anaerobic bacteria to the base rock?
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Old 11-28-2004, 11:30 PM   #7
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The more live rock you put in the faster it will seed. And the bacteria will form without live rock, but i would recommend getting at least a small amount of live rock to help out. Also, are u using a live sand bed? Great for bio-diversity.
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Old 11-29-2004, 01:17 AM   #8
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No, I don't have a live sand bed. Probably should consider it. Can the live rock go underneath the aquarium in my sump, so I don't have to disturb the base rock I already have in the tank? I've noticed the nitrates creeping up a bit in last month or two, up to about 20 now.
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Old 11-29-2004, 01:46 AM   #9
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Another thing that will really help to speed up the process (algae at least anyway) is to get some (scraped off) coraline algae from a store, fello reefer or online and spread it out on your base rocks. This will really accellerate the grouth of new coraline algae on the base rocks so things won't take so long. It just depends how patient you are though for everything.
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So what about my question about the live rock in the sump? Can it go in their without light?
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