Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 02-18-2010, 01:27 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 19
Do I need to start with some live rock?

I'm starting up a 55g, currently I only have 37lbs of base rock, is it ok if I just add 40lbs of base rock to it and then start my cycling process or do I need to add at least a couple of rocks that are already live? I'm thinking all my base rock will turn live once I start the cycling process...
__________________

__________________
Skellz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-2010, 01:28 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Sadielynn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 1,835
you will need live rock to seed the base rock (if it is dry) ... if your base rock has been in an established tank get one or 2 small nice pieces with coraline on it to seed the base rock ... the rock will have some die off that will start your cycle
__________________

__________________
Sadielynn
Nanoreefing site
2 nanos
10 gallon ~6.5 gallon custom
Sadielynn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-2010, 01:54 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 19
Will just one or two good sized live rocks be enough to seed the tank?
__________________
Skellz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-2010, 04:34 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: not here anymore
Posts: 5,338
Quote:
Originally Posted by Skellz View Post
... I'm thinking all my base rock will turn live once I start the cycling process...
All depends on your definition of "live."

Yes... after you cycle your tank with an ammonia source (fishless method preferred!) then your base rock will be "live" with bacteria. No need to add additional "live" rock.

Now if you're after rock that has existing life on it (worms, coralline algae, mini stars, etc...) then yes, you're going to have to get a little bit of rock that has critters on it to put in your tank.
__________________
Kurt_Nelson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-2010, 08:12 PM   #5
AA Team Emeritus
 
cmor1701d's Avatar


 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Belle Mead, NJ
Posts: 7,814
+1 for Kurt. Base rock will house the bacteria that will grow during the cycle process. You could try some PurpleUp to get coralline growing, but you need some real LR to really gets some beneficial life. I nornally receommend 75% base and 25% LR.
cmor1701d is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-2010, 10:48 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Omaha, Ne
Posts: 99
while we are on this topic. Ill be moving up to a bigger tank in the summer which is also in a different city. is it possible to throw alot of base rock with a few live rock and start the cycle? It doesn't matter to me how long it will take cause its still 3-4 months away. but im assuming aslong as i give it the ammonia source and time all things will be alive (yes ill add more food course if it cure's faster than i expect. but im also thinking along the lines of 90% dry 10% live.

On second thought. Should i even worry about putting in live rock as it seems given time and the ammonia source all base rock will become live given time
__________________
Kristall-99 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-2010, 10:59 PM   #7
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
ilostnemo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Under ziggys bed..
Posts: 1,365
well if you wanting all the lil goodies you can get on LR you buy you have to buy some. if you just wanting rock with bacteria you can do all DR
__________________
ilostnemo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-18-2010, 11:57 PM   #8
AA Team Emeritus
 
cmor1701d's Avatar


 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Belle Mead, NJ
Posts: 7,814
Any porous surface area will be coated with beneficial bacteria. That's why sand beds are so much better than almost anything else. There is a lot of surface area. The same is true of coral rock (most BR/LR was coral at one point). It is filled with crevices for water to flow through and bacteria to coat. So in that regard all BR will become LR from a filtration standpoint. However it will not get that nice LR look (coralline algea) unless it is seeded with coralline. That come from adding LR that was recently harvested in the Ocean. You also hopefully get all sorts of beneficial (and occasionally not so beneficial) life along with the rock. All sort of critters and pods and sponges, etc.
__________________

cmor1701d is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
live, live rock, rock, start

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
MUST GO! 50gal salt w/ live rock live sand New Orleans area. supermarvin76 Archive 0 03-13-2007 07:10 PM
Dead rock - Live rock - Cured rock - Uncured rock Charlie Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 5 07-08-2006 08:44 AM
Live Aquarua.com order. Is this Good to start with? ace1uno_00 General Retailers 10 11-01-2005 08:16 AM
Binding Live Rock and things to my live rock AirRazr Saltwater Fish Only & FOWLR 7 11-15-2004 08:19 AM
For sale/trade....100lbs. live rock....and lots of live sand BONESTOCK Archive 4 10-06-2004 05:56 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:14 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.