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Old 11-01-2012, 06:00 PM   #1
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Been cycling my 40l wall hung tank now for bout a month only put raw shrimp in it 3 days ago mind was advised on here. So im thinking can i put live rock in there now instead of my non live rock. Or will this set me back longer. Wot will be benifical sny suggestions
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If your rock is not cured you should add it ASAP. It can take a few weeks to cure it.
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Dont understand sorry so my fake rock cured wot u mean by this sorry very new
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Old 11-01-2012, 07:29 PM   #4
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Dont understand sorry so my fake rock cured wot u mean by this sorry very new
Live rock is just rock that is cured and will have beneficial bacteria along with maybe some crabs and what not living in it. All rock that I know of is not real anymore because its against the law to take rock from a living coral reef. If you bought dry rock it needs to go in now. If you bought rock from an established tank that has a good growth of things I'd wait till its all done being cycled. If you have rock that has no growth on it it wouldn't hurt and only help to add it now. The best thing to do is ask the lfs you got or are getting it from. Because the one I use to use cured their own rock in the back. Doing that I would put it in now.

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Live rock is just rock that is cured and will have beneficial bacteria along with maybe some crabs and what not living in it. All rock that I know of is not real anymore because its against the law to take rock from a living coral reef. If you bought dry rock it needs to go in now. If you bought rock from an established tank that has a good growth of things I'd wait till its all done being cycled. If you have rock that has no growth on it it wouldn't hurt and only help. The best thing to do is ask the lfs you got or are getting it from. Because the one I use to use cured their own rock in the back. Doing that I would put it in now.

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Actually, live rock collection is only illegal in some parts of the world. A lot of times dealers will tell you where it's from (e.g. Tonga). Live rock itself is basically coral skeletons that have broken off the reef and become a harbor for beneficial bacteria as well as some other life forms (sponges, other coral, algae, etc.).

There is artificial rock and dry rock as well. The advantage here is there are no unwanted hitchhikers and no reef environment is harmed. (My understanding is that natural dry rock is essentially mined from where the sea used to be.)

"Curing" is basically giving natural live rock time for the stuff that's going to die anyway to die and not pollute a display tank.

Pretty much the remainder of what Andrew said is right on.

Dry rock can go in pretty much anytime. Uncured rock goes in during cycle only, and cured rock goes in at the beginning or end of the cycle, but not during.
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Went to lfs today bought live rock and a new blue aquabeam 600 light also akoralia circulation and wave pump, all put in place looks cool but hope its all going to be ok was an expensive day out lol also a salt meter reader and some ph buffer and ro water to top up evapotated water
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