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Old 08-28-2005, 06:37 PM   #1
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i had a tank with 5 fish in it and CC with live rock i went on a trip for 2 months and now i came back and everithing is dead. i want to restart take all CC off get playsand and a layer of livesand. my live rock has been sitting in a tank with dead fish and no filters working can i still use the live rock if non can i brush it and clean it and put it in as base rock? and what is the fastest bestest and cheapest way of maturing a tank?
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Old 08-28-2005, 06:47 PM   #2
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If you plan on taking any more long trips I would not waste your money setting up the tank again.
tanks need to be topped off on a regular basis and the fish need to be fed at least weekly.
did you have anyone watching the tank while you were gone??
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no i had an electronic feeder but i can give the fish to my friend for the summer and then come back and get them the point is my live rock has been sitting in a tank with dead fish and no filters working can i still use the live rock if non can i brush it and clean it and put it in as base rock? and what is the fastest bestest and cheapest way of maturing a tank?
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Old 08-28-2005, 06:56 PM   #4
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I saved money by growing and culturing my own live rock. I bought a nice piece of live rock (1lb for like 9.99) and I put it in a sterilite tub (20gal) with some large limestone/ dead coral rocks I got from around my area (FL) and washed. In three weeks coralline algae started to grow and withing six weeks it had spread to all rocks ,some more than others. I added some hermit crabs and a small fish that I caught to start the nitrogen cycle. I had them with a filter/power head and ran them with some old reptile lights I had (60watts total?).
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Old 08-28-2005, 07:11 PM   #5
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so i can just get the live rock and just brush it down and put it back in and do i have to rinse the playsand? if so how? and wat is the fastest bestest and cheapest way of maturing a tank?
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Old 08-28-2005, 08:26 PM   #6
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The tank should have cycled even with dead fish... Dead fish = Ammonia to Nitrite to Nitrate. Did you test the water? I'd pull out any left over fish and test the water.


I'd then drain most of the water because nitrates are not held suspended in water but on LR/etc, Sand, and decorations.


If you can't have someone properly watch over the tank and take care of it I wouldn't suggest keeping an aquarium. I even have someone check on my tanks even if I'm gone a week.
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so ur saing keep all the LR in there?
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Patience is important in this hobby.
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Old 08-29-2005, 09:26 AM   #9
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First you need to stop starting new posts... you have about 4 with the same thing going.
second you need to rethink even having a tank if you don't have the time needed to properly take care of it. Leaving a tank for 2 months with a auto feeder is not the right way to do it, what about top offs, water changes ect.
Do not rinse the sand it is not needed, rinse off the LR with fresh salt water and place back in the tank.
Do a lot of reading before you go out and buy fish. How big is the tank.
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44 gal and im doin a FOWLR so i dont really need alot of live rock i was thinking about 10 paounds
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