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Old 08-16-2014, 02:29 PM   #11
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Because clams make acros look easy IME, it doesn't take much to have a healthy clam turn into a dead clam. And even though the rock your using to start the tank is established the system is far from mature. I'd go as slow as possible with the clam, jmo though.
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I think there is an easy solution to this. Cure the rock in another container. I used a big plastic kegerator with a heater and powerhead when I upgraded from my 36 to my 55. This gave me the side time to scrub the rock down well between shifts at work and when I was happy with what was going on, toss everything into the new tank.
Similar concept with when you have to take down the smaller tank, 5 gallon buckets for the existing stock and water from the tank. Make the move quick enough you won't need the heater.
Only thing that will be a pain is sand. I never suggest using old sand...just nitrate traps. To keep things stable you'd want the rock in first and THEN pour sand in... This will be a mess, of course, but using some PVC piping to gently pour the sand into the bottom will help prevent any sand storms.
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I think there is an easy solution to this. Cure the rock in another container. I used a big plastic kegerator with a heater and powerhead when I upgraded from my 36 to my 55. This gave me the side time to scrub the rock down well between shifts at work and when I was happy with what was going on, toss everything into the new tank.
Similar concept with when you have to take down the smaller tank, 5 gallon buckets for the existing stock and water from the tank. Make the move quick enough you won't need the heater.
Only thing that will be a pain is sand. I never suggest using old sand...just nitrate traps. To keep things stable you'd want the rock in first and THEN pour sand in... This will be a mess, of course, but using some PVC piping to gently pour the sand into the bottom will help prevent any sand storms.
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So in your experience when the rock is fully cured and you did the tank move, everything went well?
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Only issue was murdering coral by letting my Radions at 100%...but that wasn't a cycle issue.
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