Originally Posted by pattyfurg
Haha yeah iv cycled fresh wage tanks before it's just the whole bacteria in rocks (live rock, cured rock, base rock etc...) that I can't really grasp XP
For my size tank does anyone know approx how long it would take? (I'm not exactly patient bit there is some sort of scallop and I believe a tiny anemone to keep me entertained for a while XP$
Live rock is rock that is alive with bacteria and all the little things that live on it. Base rock is dry rock so it doesn't have anything living on it. Cured rock- well, I think it is live rock that had die off but has been cycled again for a few weeks to re-establish the bacteria that may have been lost. So if you have a tank running and cycled, but order some live rock and it comes in the mail, you need to cure it for a few weeks before you put it in the tank. Even if you order cured live rock there is no doubt that there would be die off during shipping. The die off will cause your tank to have a mini cycle, so you'd need to do a little cycle in a bucket for a few weeks before adding it to the tank. Hopefully that makes sense... It's confusing. Lol!