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Old 03-08-2007, 07:37 PM   #1
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Live Rock Question

I have Rock in my tank. however most of it is dried out and put pack in rock. I bought a couple of pieces of live rock which are in there now. I just got my new lights and installed them. How long will it take for the dried out rock in there to become live now with the lights on there??

also another question.
is a clean up crew necessary or is it just recommended to have one?
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The time rock takes to become live depnds on a bunch of factors. Could be months could be never. It depends on the type of rock you are using. How porous and its composition. And about the cleanup crew. I consider a clean up crew necessary. Some may not, but i cant see my tank running without them.
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Ok well basically the rock that i have was live. however when moved it was left out too long and dried up. so it has been completely dried out. and is now put back in. our LFS told us it would come back to life with the light on and bacteria will move from the current live rock to the other rock as well and so forth. i have also added a bacteria starter to to get it going.

about the cleanup crew then. any recommendations on what to get. i have a 5 ft standard tank
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If thats the case then the basteria should repopulate it fairly quickly. I would say within a couple months it will be pretty much what it was.

As far as a cleanup crew i would look into some Nassarius snails (sand sifter, detritus eater), Trochus/Astrea Snails (algea eater), emerald crabs, scarlett hermits. If you want to get creative you can also look into an irchin and small conch. I'm not quite sure how many gallons a 5ft tank is so i can't really recommend how many of each, but if you can post how many gallons i could help with that too.
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hey it would be about 250 litres which i think it about 65 or a bit more gallons.
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The light will not make it go any faster on the cycle and curing.Alot of people never use any lighting on their cycle.
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Melosu, i think he already has it cycled he just wanted to know how long it would take the live rock to seed the dead rock. Thats my understanding. But i agree with you that the light really won't make a difference either way.
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yes JM you are right. tank is already been cycled and has been for a while now. just wondering what JM said. i figured the light will help the bacteria grow but i wasn't sure.
perhaps it would be worth me getting aqnother couple of pieces of live rock in there then to get the process going?
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The more live rock the better because that just means the more bacteria you have. The lights don't really have impact on the bacteria. The bacteria will grow without the lights. The lights are more for anything else that needs light that might be on the live rock. You'd be surprised at all the little things that grow on the rock after you put some good lights on the tank. Those types of things are just extras though the bacteria will always be there.
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