I understand your concerns. I just finished curing my LR
. It was a fair amount of work, but if you can be prepared, you'll be psychologically ready.
I got my LR
from liverocks.com and they are great to deal with. The rock is beautiful, but like the other suggestions, have a place to cure it separately, or prepare a smaller QT
and use your current tank to cure the rock (perhaps a less attractive option with the anenome). I had 2 damsels in a cycled tank that I added the rock to. I ended up moving one damsel (the other died) to a QT
because of the ammonia spike. If you see very little die-off and ammonia spikes, at least you'll have spared your current tank inhabitants.
As for the process, I believe there's an article on this. Basically it involves doing regular water changes and extracting dead things. I did up to 15-25% daily for just over a week before my ammonia levels came down from 4-8 to 1. Make sure you have plenty of salt on hand (if you make your own SW
) and dechlorinator (if you use tap water).
Just another comment about the LR
from liverocks.com. I checked my LFS
and wondered why they called it live after seeing what was on the LR
I hope that helps,