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Old 08-25-2008, 04:15 PM   #1
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"Curing" BR???

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Not curing it literally, as there is nothing alive on it to let rot off, but I have read before that you shouldn't add new base rock straight to an online tank.

I ask because my tank is not 2 weeks into the cycle (started by curing 35 lbs of LR) and my BR (45lbs) I ordered is still not here even though it was supposed to arive "early August"

So, since it looks like my BR isn't going to get here anytime soon and my cycle already had an ammonia spike with the nitrites off the chart, will I have to cycle again when I add the base rock? Its a 65 gallon reef tank.
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If it's true base rock - dried, with nothing on it to die off - then adding it later won't effect anything because there's nothing to die off and cause a cycle.

Not sure why you couldn't add any amount of base rock to an existing tank.
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no you can just just cure the rock outside of your tank and then add it after. mixing up water in a bucket and chuck your rock in the bucket with a powerhead to keep the water circulating. there is a chance you wont have to cure it since it has been out of the water for so long but since you dont know it is better to be safe then sorry
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I guess some other posters were worried about any unforseen things contained in the rock that might mess up the water parameters, which of course would be less or a problem if you were in the middle of a cycle vise an active aquarium.

In any case, thanks, I won't sweat it so much now
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Not sure about all base rock but if it's from Marco Rocks I would highly suggest you cure it first. Mine (and others I have heard) contained dead/dried things in the rock. Once introduced to water they re-hydrated and started to rot..
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I found quite a few dried up critters in my marcorock.
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I agree withcuring dry rock. The water can trigger some "still to do" dying and decomosing.

At least after you rinse andbrush it off (totally nylon brush), I'd put it in some SW ( a bucket maybe) and see if you get any ammonia.
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I have heard that about Marcorocks. I got some base rock (no longer offered) that just needed a good rinse to get the dust off and then was fine. To be sure I would put it in a tub/bucket with some fresh mixwed water for a few days and check for an ammonia spike.
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Yeah, it is Marco Rocks. If he hurries up and actually delivers I can just cure it with the live rock.

Almost a month overdue now...
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You can email him, he is very responsive. I think the same thing happened to me and he didn't charge me for shipping....but I also bought 150Lbs of it.
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