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Old 02-08-2006, 11:14 PM   #11
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If you have fish in the tank do not put it in. A trashcan or tote, a heater and a powerhead is your best option to let it cure. If the tank has no fish and is cycling I would put it in.
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I agree with Brenden. Stinky live rock means it's not cured and can cause an enormous ammonia spike. Cure it first. May take a few days or a week. Smelling it is your best bet. All live rock will smell oceany, but the strength of the smell lets you know. If it makes your face cringe...LOL...then you know it's not quite ready yet.

It would be beneficial to get a skimmer and run it along with the the HOB you have. It'll make a great difference in keeping water quality stable.
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What about damsels.
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What you mean? If you have damsels in the tank do not add the rock. Use the tote method mentioned above. If I remember correctly you were having problems because your tank was not cycled? If that is the case I would take all the fish back to the store and the rock would be the perfect thing to cycle with. Just be sure to keep it wrapped up and wet over night.
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Ok cool. I think I will put the damsels in my 10 gallon until my tank cycles and take the puffer back.
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