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Old 05-25-2014, 09:40 AM   #1
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#1. I am am mixing Instant Ocean salt water for the 1st. time. I have 2 options for mixing, 1500 GPH powerhead or 251 GPH Syncra 1.0 pump by SICCE. Which would be best to mix the salt / water ?


#2. After I have the salinity at .0125 and the temp. @ 78, in a new garbage can,I am curing 55 lbs. of Dry Live Rock ( BRS Pukani) for 6 weeks. Which should I use for circulation? Powerhead or pump ?

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For mixing and circulation during curing, it really doesn't matter.
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Whichever you find easier really, there isn't a best in this case

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Old 05-25-2014, 11:58 AM   #4
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oops I haven't mentioned I am curing the rock in a 32 gal Rubbermaid can.

I'm going to put the pump in with the rock, is salinity & temp. critical?
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Should be in approximate range, yes

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It's not a big deal at all at this point.. Just keep the salinity and temp in a reasonable range and throw whichever power head or pump is closest to you in it. Do you have an ammonia source to start the BB growing on the rock?
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I don't follow, when you ask "Do you have an ammonia source to start the BB growing on the rock? " what do you mean ? Beneficial Bacteria, I got that part, but tell me more about the ammonia. Thanks.
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Basically, some form of dead thing, usually a piece of shrimp, to start the cycle off.

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The BB Need an ammonia source as 'food' to multiply and colonize your tank. Like when you start up a new tank and cycle it, some people use fish food, pure ammonia, the 'shrimp method' (throwing a raw shrimp in and letting it decay), or just throw some damsel fish in their tank and let them suffer in there own waste while th BB begins to colonize and break down the ammonia. I suppose some bacteria would slowly colonize the rocks but I would definitely add an ammonia source to speed things up.
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That's pretty much it in a nut shell lol

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