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Old 05-24-2012, 04:13 PM   #11
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You can buy dry "base rock" and add it without having to worry about starting another cycle. Marco Rock and Bulk Reef Supply both sell nice dry base rock.

That's not at all true. You can cycle a tank with 1 piece of rock....or none. What I think he means is by having such a small amount of live rock you are limited in the amount of fish you can keep. The live rock is your biological filtration and with such limited filtration the amount of bacteria in the rock can't handle a big bioload. If you had more fish than the filtration can handle you would be constantly fighting an ammonia/nitrite/nitrate problem.
Yes this is what i meant. And adding a lot of rock at a later time will cause another cycle. Not trying to say you can cycle the tank with one piece of rock however your not going to be able to support much life without ammonia problems.
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Old 05-24-2012, 04:27 PM   #12
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Another option to avoid a "mini cycle" would be to cure the new live rock in another container. After the curing it can be added to the display tank without any cycle.
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Old 05-24-2012, 08:15 PM   #13
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How do you cure live rock
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Old 05-24-2012, 09:16 PM   #14
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Let it sit in a tank till all the stuff that is dead or dying dies. Some of the better stores have some that they cured
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Old 05-24-2012, 09:23 PM   #15
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Put it in a container with fresh salt water, with a heater and a power head. Heater at about 80. It's basically the same thing as cycling a new tank. Monitor ammonia and nitrites and once they are down to 0, it is cured.
I changed out all my water every week just to keep Nitrates at a decent level, and to keep it from contaminating the rock.
The die- off creates the ammonia, and once there is no more ammonia, there is no more die- off, and it's ready.
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Put it in a container with fresh salt water, with a heater and a power head. Heater at about 80. It's basically the same thing as cycling a new tank. Monitor ammonia and nitrites and once they are down to 0, it is cured.
I changed out all my water every week just to keep Nitrates at a decent level, and to keep it from contaminating the rock.
The die- off creates the ammonia, and once there is no more ammonia, there is no more die- off, and it's ready.
+1. It can take a few weeks so just be patient.
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