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Old 12-06-2005, 06:31 AM   #1
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When do I add Live Rock?

My Sw tank has been running for 3 days now. It is brand new I have salt at 1.023. Temp at 75 and I have a 97w lighting system on it with the skimmer and the filter running. I want to had live rock when should i do that? How do I know what is good live rock and what is bad?
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Old 12-06-2005, 06:54 AM   #2
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Also quick note I do have 3 fish in my tank.
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Old 12-06-2005, 10:03 AM   #3
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Are you cycling with the fish? What kind? Got coral in there already (from your sig)? Neither sounds good for a 3 day old tank.

Where ya gona get live rock from? Cured or not?

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Old 12-06-2005, 05:02 PM   #4
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If you already have coral in the tank consider it a loss. You should have put the LR in first to start the cycle. Once it was completed you can add the fish. Hope the fish make it.
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Old 12-06-2005, 06:21 PM   #5
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Are you cycling with the fish? Yes

What kind? The pet store called them green ???? There are like damsels but not as aggressive.

Got coral in there already (from your sig)? No one Coral but it is a self coral dried out

Where ya gona get live rock from? A pet store it says Fiji on it.

Cured or not? Not sure did not ask it is in a tank there with no sand on the bottom and it has no fish in the tank. I do think he said cured at one time but not for sure.

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When should the cycle be done? When should I test my water? I had the ph check it is good. The Salt is 1.023 still and temp is 75.5.
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Old 12-06-2005, 06:30 PM   #6
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Also one more Question when should i give my skimmer air? Right now i have the filter just running.
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My saltwater tank is also new. I cycled with lr and am only just now adding fish.My tank is nearly 3 months old . I didnt add any rock for probably a week and a half after initial set up. I have only two fish & lots of rock. My advice is to go very slow with saltwater tanks until you are positive everything is ok. I cycled with lr to avoid fish loss...hope you don't have any. Dont let the lfs push things too fast for you..I have found some tend to do this
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Are you cycling with the fish? Yes

What kind? The pet store called them green ???? There are like damsels but not as aggressive.

When should the cycle be done? When should I test my water? I had the ph check it is good. The Salt is 1.023 still and temp is 75.5.

You have cured live rock then. You also have green chromis.

I'd do an ammonia test daily, followed by nitrite. With the cured live rock, you will have a minicycle, but its hard to predict how long. Hope your chromis survive the cycle.
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The reason I did fish to help the cycle along is that I saw that they said you could do this with raw shirmp. But I have 2 dauthers one is 3 and the other 15 months. So the I thought this way will be better for my house. Ok I did the test PH 8.2 everything else is nothing. Now here is a question in saltwater Do you use the stress coat and zeme like in fw? I would like to thank you guys for your help to the lps change there minds at each one there are 6 right around me. One says this the other says that.
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Old 12-07-2005, 12:20 PM   #10
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When I said I had Live Coral I am sorry I meant Live Sand. On the bag it said Live Coral. With over 20,000,000 bacteria in it.
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