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Old 04-25-2011, 11:34 PM   #1
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Live rock showing no life :/

So I'm setting up my first reef tank, I've had fowlr tanks tho.. It wad my 1st time ordering my lr from premium aquatics and when I got it in it was great from what I could see, I bought 17 lbs of manado uncured for my 20g... Now I kind of had to rush when putting the rock in the tank because I screwed up the order date. But pretty much I used aragonite sand (dsb) and I forgot to rinse it 1st so silt was everywhere. The rocks still have a good amount of the sit on them. And the tank is almost just 100% cleared up now... The rocks been in there for 12 days now and there's no sign if any kind of life, could the silt have messed that up for me???
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did you add an ammonia source to start the cycling process?
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No all that I've added is the rock, but seeing that it's uncured, shouldn't that do the trick??
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yes it should if it was uncured it would cycle your tank so you wouldnt need to add any ammonia
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isn't cured rock supposed to have life already on it while uncured has die off? i've always thought that was the case

edit: just goolged it nevermind
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if your worried about the silt on the rocks, have you tried removing the silt? I just used a turkey blaster and blew silt of the LR. When it started to get a bit cloudy, i would stop and restart again when it cleared up
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I'm not really worried, just concerned that I'm not seeing anything going on. Life wise in the tank
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most of the stuff growing on the LR would be microscopic level so you probably won't see much =P. This is where people become impatient and mess up by not allowing the cycle to finish. Don't fall into the temptation
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To actually see if there are any worms or anything try putting a little food in the tank, bristle worms and brittle stars will be a couple of things that should have made the trip fine.
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Alright. I was just concerned. Because in the past I've cured my own and now that I've bought it everyone was saying how I should be seeing things going on
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