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Old 10-20-2012, 10:25 PM   #1
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What is this?!

I just setup my tank with water and salt. Most of my salt is dissolved so I put one live rock in there as advised to by the local fish store. And this thing came off of it. I think it was alive it was moving. Not so much anymore :s it looks like a parasitic type creature. Any ideas? I attached the pictures
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Old 10-20-2012, 10:29 PM   #2
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It's a bristle worm. Part of the clean up crew. What are you using to cycle?
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Old 10-20-2012, 10:29 PM   #3
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That is a bristle worm, and it died because you added the rock to an un-cycled tank. Where is your experience at within the aquarium world?
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I am brand new with no experience with salt water. I put half distilled water and half tap with the treatments added that the store sold me. They sold me a rock, pictured below and told me if it dries out it would die so wait an hour or two after the salt and than put the rock in the tank. So i did!? I have a brand new Fluval C4 filter and Fluval heater.
I don't have substrate down yet I'm picking that up tomorrow.
They told me to keep the pump going and my tank should be okay in about 3 weeks.
I will test everything before I add anything first. Did I do something wrong here ? Am I going to kill the rock too!?
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Old 10-20-2012, 10:42 PM   #5
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Here's the rock
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Old 10-20-2012, 10:48 PM   #6
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Unfortunately you will and have killed the Rock, before everyone starts flooding you're thread, let me say you have been led down the wrong path a little... Or a lot and I am happy you are here to get it straight and save a TON of money. I am looking for my write up on cycling and general knowledge and I will get it to you.
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Old 10-20-2012, 10:55 PM   #7
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Oh boy. See this is exactly why I can't stand pet shops. Just to make money.... That's all they are about.

I bought a book "saltwater for dummies" I planned on reading it but I thought I'd get the water started bc the lady made it sound simple
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Saltwater is pretty simple, it is just getting started that people feel overwhelmed by at times.
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Old 10-20-2012, 11:31 PM   #9
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Is the rock dead for sure now.? How will I know? Do I take it out or wait?
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Old 10-21-2012, 04:32 AM   #10
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You can leave the rock in there. Beneficial bacteria will eventually populate the rock again but slowly. Your tank will cycle faster with more liverock, sand and other things that bacteria can multiply. a raw shrimp or pure ammonia can be used to help feed the bacteria. Do you have a hydrometer or something to test your water salinity? How big is your tank? Your filter is rated between 40-70 gallons so i assume its in that range. You may want to look into buying a protein skimmer unless you dont mind doing frequent water changes.
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