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Old 10-10-2006, 10:44 AM   #1
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Have LR, but no tank yet... what to do?

Hey, I think this might be my first post ever in the SW forums!

Anyway, for those of you who didn't see my post in the Lounge, I was given about $500 of Fiji LR yesterday for free. I don't have a tank to put it in yet, but am planning a 90 gallon and will add some Marshall Islands rock when the time comes. I need advice on how to keep this rock alive. Can I put it in a Rubbermaid container with a Maxi-Jet 1200 for circulation and throw a shrimp in there every once in a while to keep it cycled? Do I need to put a heater in it too? The boss has offered to give me handfuls of LR rubble to put with it every once in a while. I realize that without lighting the rock will lose its color, but I am ok with that since it will come back later. I'm working on getting the tank and overflow kit asap, but I know it will be a while until I can afford it. Can I keep the rock live, or should I just forget it and take it out of the water?

Sorry if my questions are really stupid. I have been lurking around here lately trying to learn more about SW, but there is so much to learn!
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Old 10-10-2006, 10:54 AM   #2
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Yes the rubbermaid idea is a good one. Is the LR already cured or is it in a box and needs to be cured? If it`s not cured than just put it in the tub and the die off will help feed the nitrifying bacteria. If it`s cure then yes you`ll need to add something to keep the bacteria alive . And yes you will need a heater to keep temps from going to low. Yes to PH also.
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Old 10-10-2006, 11:00 AM   #3
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SW now, huh????

Oh, we got you now!!! :P

I agree with Melosu's approach and your's on the non-lighting issue. The PH will also keep the water oxygenated to keep the rock alive.
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Heee! Another convert! YAY! I agree with the rest, BTW!
Welcome to the "saltie" side. You going reef or FOWLR?
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Old 10-10-2006, 12:37 PM   #5
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Open up your wallet, see all that green stuff in there? Kiss it goodbye. There is always something more you need or want to add to the system.

Its a fun but expensive hobby.
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Old 10-10-2006, 01:11 PM   #6
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I know it's expensive. 5 FW tanks don't come cheap, either. :P There's not much green in my wallet, but I do get anything I want for wholesale.

I want to go reef, for sure. I'm not looking to do high light though (I can't afford MH even at wholesale cost) so I've already kissed acros goodbye even though they are awesome. I'm looking to get a PC strip, probably a Current USA Orbit because it's fan cooled and has moonlights. I still haven't made my final decision though on lighting.

How do I know if the rock is cured? Someone just dumped it off at the store yesterday. It has some coraline on it, so I am guessing it hasn't been out of a tank for too long, but it did spend the night at the store with part of it sticking out of the water. I guess I should add more water to it today.

Thank you so much for the replies! I will be bringing the rock home with me at the end of the week so I really need to figure out what I am doing. Boss just wants it out of the store.
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Hmmm, now that I am thinking about it, you might want to test for copper, just in case. If it is cured, is should have life in it, like some feather dusters, possibly. "Live" really means containing the nitrifying bacteria.
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Not an expert here, but I am sure someone will chime in.

In regards to lighting, I seem to remember reading the T5 lighting can rival MH for MUCH MUCH less. Of course, I read this after I bouth my Orbit PC setup.

I bought my lighting fixture from www.webaquatics.com I thought his prices were reasonable and he shipped pretty quickly. Even gave no problems replacing the bulbs when UPS delivered them broken.

Also, when you buy PH's, especiall MJ's, I would look online. An MJ1200 is half the price from Webaquatics than I can find at any LFS.
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After a day with the rocks in the water, check for ammonia. That'll let you know it's status better and if there has been any die-off in transport.
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I dont have MH`s either. You can still have a nice tank. I suggest VHO`s. This is what type of tank you can have with VHO or PC.



If the rock was in someones tank then it probably is cured already. Welcome to the addiction.
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