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Old 02-08-2012, 12:49 PM   #1
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UNCURED Branch live rock...good??bad??

Ive been wanting to purches 20-25lbs of branch rock and ive yet to come accross a site/place that sell it for under $150, till last night. Petswarehouse.com sells UNCURED branch live rock for roughly <$100.

SO my question is there any major disadvantage to buying UNCURED live rock??

Figi branch premium un-cured in our system 20lbs fob-1 Second day shipp
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Old 02-08-2012, 12:51 PM   #2
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The die off is a disadvantage...leads to ammonia spikes. If you have a new tank (wouldn't have to dose as much ammonia)...it would be an advantage.
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Old 02-08-2012, 12:53 PM   #3
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yes but even cured live rock is "suggested" to do more curing before its placed into established tank.

Any idea what might be the curing time lines for uncured live rock??
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From what I've read it can take any where from 4 to 6 weeks for uncured and 1 week for cured.
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thanks for the info. Just what i needed
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Old 02-08-2012, 01:32 PM   #6
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How big is your tank, and is it already cycled? I added about 40 lbs of uncured base rock into my established 125g tank. Tested every few days for a few weeks...didn't notice any spikes. Fish and coral were fine.
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It's most likely safe to say adding dry base rock would be the best for a already cycled tank.
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Yes, it eliminates having any die off. I think a few pieces of live rock can be added without difficulty, but rinse it really well first. It is amazing how much biological activity can be in a piece of rock.
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How big is your tank, and is it already cycled? I added about 40 lbs of uncured base rock into my established 125g tank. Tested every few days for a few weeks...didn't notice any spikes. Fish and coral were fine.
its a 40b and it just finished cycling last week with about 40lbs of dry reef rock. Now i want to take some dry rock out and add about 20lbs fiji branch LR. As of right now i have a benngai cardinal, emerald crab and a small CUC in there.
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