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Old 05-27-2014, 11:26 AM   #31
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Tell me more about adding pennies to my rock curing can (32g) and any other "Old Hand Tips & Tricks" you might have.
I wouldn't do it now, too many variables and it's hard to find real copper pennies anyway.
40 years ago there were only a couple of medications for saltwater, most copper based, so pennies was a helluva lot cheaper. But it is impossible to control the amount of copper and it is kind of hit & miss. But 40 years ago it was a viable alternative treatment.

Now peeing in the tank to start a cycle... sure, ammonia is ammonia and waste is waste, be it human or fish, but I wouldn't poop in the tank, let the fish do that.

Plus I have always done "fish in" cycling with no issues.
Just cycled the 30 gallon I have with 2 damsels, 5 hermits and a coral banded shrimp. All are doing fine and the shrimp has molted twice.

But I wouldn't recommend it for someone new to the hobby. Fish in cycling requires that you have an intimate knowledge concerning the cycle process and what to expect when and how the fish behave normally.

But you are in the right place to get information.
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I forgot to mention earlier, I have 16 gallons of water in my 32g can w/lid that I'm curing the rock in, the salt is almost dissolved and the temp is a steady 79 with no heater. Will my 75L tank maintain 79 degrees as well once I fill it up ?
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A tank is effected by the temp of the air around the tank. So that would depend on the normal temp around you, which would be relative to where you are in Florida. No matter what I'd want a heater just in case of a cold spell.
In terms of your salt chunk, it solidified because moisture got to the salt. This is generally something you want to avoid, but should be ok.
Were you trying to cure your rock in freshwater and just now added the salt?
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No, I haven't added the rock yet. I started mixing yesterday, this evening I'm going to add the rock and let it soak for 6 weeks.
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Don't forget the shrimp!
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LOL I went to Publix and the guy in seafood gave me a beauty, I'd say a 10 count shrimp at least.
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Lol, I work for publix so they better have given it to you for free haha
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He did, the Palmetto store. ^5
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so your just south of tampa? Im only a couple hours north of you.. Wish I had my tank still going, Id hook you up with some frags. I'm hoping to have a nano set up soon with strictly designer zoa's so if I ever get that going, I'll let you know and send you some polyps
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That would be too cool. I appreciate any help or advice you can lay on me, I'm really anxious to get this underway but I'm being patient. 6 weeks to go now and I should be close to buying my first clean up crew.
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