Originally Posted by fishfreek
You dont need established filtration when dealing with QTing live rock. After all the rock itself is the filter.
...that is assuming that the bacteria on the new LR
have survived the trip and are ready to do their thing. I think that the LR
arrives and is in need of life-support. That is..temporarily incapable of supporting it's own bioload.
I hear what you are saying though. If you have a lot of mature, delicate life in your tank you probably shouldn't take the chance. But the rock will suffer in a brand new qt
setup just like a fish would in a brand new setup.
Probably the best solution is to add only small amounts of new LR
directly to the main tank at any one time. I realize this still doesn't address hitchhikers, but I'm trying to preserve hitchhikers. I know there are few nasty ones, but there's also a million beneficial ones that you can't even see.