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Old 09-30-2004, 02:55 AM   #1
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Last minute questions before LR arrives

My 160lbs of LR from Liverocks.com arrives sometime tommarow morning. My tank is ready in terms of chemisty, the plumbings and the skimmer are running, and I have spare batteries for the digital camera. I really should of asked these questions earlier but I just thought of em.

After the rock is in place and arranged how I like it do I just drop a fresh(from the store) shrimp in? Or is it not necessary with the LR?

Do hitchhikers(the keepers) need to be acclimated or do I just drop them in?

So i don't post an "Emergeny" thread is there any normal surprises I'm in for over the first 3-4 days?
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Old 09-30-2004, 02:58 AM   #2
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I will tag along, my 90 pounds arrives Friday.
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Old 09-30-2004, 06:06 AM   #3
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With that much lr you may not need to add a shrimp to get the cycle started. Keep an eye on ammonia levels. If there is no spike then I would add the shrimp
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Old 09-30-2004, 08:16 AM   #4
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Agree with Darb2 100%. Have fun, its an exciting time!!!
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Old 09-30-2004, 08:30 AM   #5
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Get everything in there you want to keep, Most of them have been without water for almost 24 hrs. so It's more important to get them in the tank. IMHO. If you have a sump that's where to put all the crabs until you can sort through them and make sure of what type you have.
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Old 09-30-2004, 03:26 PM   #6
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Just opened my 40lbs of LR.com Keys rock 30min ago. Based on my order, you will *not* need to add anything. I had dozens of starfish, worms, crabs, and stuff I can't even recognize. I put it all in the tank (I have a 6 week old 90 gal with 120lbs of pacific rock, and no fish yet).

Some of the critters were beat up because they fled to the bottom of the box then got crunched in shipping (not LR.com's fault, that just happens). I went ahead added everything, whether healthy or wounded. Some of them won't make it I'm sure and will give you a nh3/nh4 load to get started.

Looks unbelievable. Great color. Generous packaging, happy all around.

When I can get a better dig pic I will post one.

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Old 09-30-2004, 05:11 PM   #7
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I gotta kill some time while my water clears. I did the carbonated wtaer dip, that got some stuff out, but I found most of my take at the bottom of the containers.

Most of the worms were dead, but I cupped 2 HUGE ones and 2 tiny ones.
2 Snails and 2 Pistols


9 Stars! although I think a couple are/will be dead soon.


7 Teenie Crabs


I think I found a mantis, it was only about half an inch and appears dead.
Well the waters clear enough to get back to aquascaping, gotta run.
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When you do the carbonated dip does it damages the critters that come out of the rock?

How about some tank/rock pics?
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I just stirred up the sand again.

From my understanding the carbonated water "stuns" them, they cant breath so they come scurrying out of there homes. I did the dip for about a minute per rock, once the rock was out I checked for any hitchhikers in my bucket, if there were any I scooped them up right away.

Aquascaping is harder than I expected. First time out I put the largest on the bottom. Well I soon figured out that wasnt the best route. I used the medium ones on the bottom then bridged them with the largest. I cant see in there well enough to put these last few in.



Most are "normal" porous rocks, 1 has some nice concentric rings, I also got a few tonga brach type rocks.
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Looks good, man. I plan to order from lr.com also, so I'll keep watchin.
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