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Old 01-23-2009, 01:34 PM   #11
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Yeah I was anticipating 3 to 4 more weeks for any fish, but that is ok!

Yep, patients is everything when it comes to this, its going to be sooo worth it in the end. My friend decided he wanted a SW tank a few years ago, sunk about $300 just in the fish, not to mention all the equipment and threw it all in at once...yeah you guess it, he wasnt too happy when everything died. I think the learning, the waiting and the watching it grow is one of the funnest parts about it
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Well I am going to take a different approach. My system is already establish but I want to add another 30Lb's to 35LB's more of LR. Since my system is already establish I wouldn't be able to just put it in my Tank. I have to use a Rubbermaid Tote or one of those 50 gallon Trash cans from Home Depot. So my curing might take more than a few weeks depending on the cycling. After that I can add it right into my Tank.
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Old 01-23-2009, 02:59 PM   #13
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I'd always cure outside the tank, esp a new one. Al that die off the ends up feeding your cycle all ends up as nitrates in your new tank not to mention what ever else decays off of it. I'm a believer that all the good bacteria that I need will be on the LR after the rock gets cured. So by curing outside I don't have to gunk up my new tank, deal with the nitrates or do massive water changes to get the nitrates (and smell) down.

Instead I cure in a tub, do minimal water changes there. When the rock is ready, 1,2,3 plop plop into the display/sump and let the bacteria take hold where ever else it likes. Feed ammonia for a day or 2 to make sure then it's fish time.

That way my display starts out at 0 ammonia, o nitrite/ 0 nitrate and the tub I just rinse and store. Most important the cycle would be with tap while my display is ro/di and pristine.
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I would strongly advise against adding any kind of bacteria products (like Biospira) to "speed things along". They simply do not work. Using uncured live rock is sufficient on its own to cycle your tank. You may consider adding a calcium supplement to promote growth of coralline algae. I also suggest using Chemi-Pure Elite to remove phosphates and nip that nasty cyanobacteria in the bud.
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Old 01-24-2009, 10:31 AM   #15
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I would strongly advise against adding any kind of bacteria products (like Biospira) to "speed things along".

Yes I did not go that route either, I added fish flakes (with out fish in there of course) within the the first week of having the LR and sand in there my ammonia and Nitrate levels spiked to 8 and was already rapidly decreasing to 0. Whatever works, I think everyone goes about some things a little differently
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Old 01-25-2009, 02:06 AM   #16
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Just got the LR today, I scrubbed it off with a toothbrush and rinsed in salt water. Now it's in the tank, hopefully curing! The smell isn't too bad so far...have to wait and see if it gets worse.
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Funny, I always loved the smell of uncured liverock.
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Old 01-25-2009, 02:25 PM   #18
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Funny, I always loved the smell of uncured liverock.
But you have always been a little different

I started mine curing in a tub scrubbed and rinsed a couple times over a week or so as I remember, then put it in the tank. Judging by the amount of stuff I got out of the rock in the tub, I'm glad I started it there.
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Just wanted to run some water parameters by everyone. I tested my water, it has been about 24 hrs since I put the LR in. The Nitrite is still showing 0, but the ammonia is off the chart, at least 8.0. I that normal? Thanks everyone for the help!
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Sounds good. Before long it will start to drop and nitrites will start to move up. 8 is kind of rough for any hitchikers. I usually dont recommend PWC`s during a cycle but you might want to consider one to get the ammonia down for the hitchikers sake.
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