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Old 08-14-2004, 12:15 PM   #11
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I guess we'll have to agree to disagree on that point. How do you feel about cycling with lr? I ask because it's not all that uncommon to find hitchhiking inverts.
Well, I have never cycled with uncured liverock.... but, couldn't you always dip the rock in freshwater before you cycle to get some of the creatures out? I guess my point is that we should do our very best to ensure the members of our tanks are happy and healthy.
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Old 08-14-2004, 03:19 PM   #12
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I guess we'll have to agree to disagree on that point. How do you feel about cycling with lr? I ask because it's not all that uncommon to find hitchhiking inverts.
Well, I have never cycled with uncured liverock.... but, couldn't you always dip the rock in freshwater before you cycle to get some of the creatures out? I guess my point is that we should do our very best to ensure the members of our tanks are happy and healthy.
Yes we should and I never doubted that that was exactly your intention. It has just been my experience that some inverts are much hardier than fish. Look at it this way, when lr is shipped, it is taken out of the sw, wrapped in newspaper, boxed and shipped, then reintroduced to new sw. And after all that, what is is we find attached?...inverts. Now I'm not saying that you should load your tank up with them, but I don't think adding a few peppermint shimp is going to hurt them or the tank.
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Old 08-14-2004, 05:49 PM   #13
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It's true - some of those little invertebrate hitchhikers do withstand the tank cycle. I would just hate to put them through that if it wasn't necessary. Actually, I had my own experience with a small hermit crab. I ordered some empty shells for the crabs, but one ended up not being empty. This brave little hermit was not acclimated to my tank because I just thought he was a shell... despite this uneasy transition, my little hermit is doing great!

I think we've gotten off the topic a little. Oops.
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