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Old 03-08-2007, 12:44 AM   #1
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New to Saltwater question about LR

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I bought some LR from from that was taken out of a tank about 4-5 days ago. It was placed in a dark garage bag but was not wrapped in newspapper to keep it moist. One i got home, I put the LR into a new tank. I got a filter running and power jets blowing and got the temp up to 78.

I have two questions
1-How long can LR live in a dry space? Any chances the Rock is dead?

2- I been reading a lot of artical stating that i need to do a 50% water change every date to keep the Am and Nit levels down, but people have posted that should be done. what do I do?

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Old 03-08-2007, 01:24 AM   #2
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1-How long can LR live in a dry space? Any chances the Rock is dead?
Most likely the vast majority of the animals are dead along w/ the nitrifying bacteria. It will need to be thoroughly cleaned/scrubbed, then cured again. Some life may still be present, and come back with time.
PWC's should be done when cycling w/ LR to keep ammonia/nitrite levels from getting extremely high and killing the hitchhikers on the LR. Some hitchhikers usually survive regardless, it may just take longer for them to recover w/ no PWC's. HTH
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I agree with Mike. The rock will need to be scrubbed off of the dead material, but should provide a nice base for your cycle to start (hopefully).
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Great advise.

What is the best way to scrub the rock? I am in now rush to get the tank started. If it taked 3-4 months to cycle and get life going. That will be fine by me.

I have a friend who has a healty Salt water tank and he has offered to give me some healty Coral to add to my batch. Do you think that will help get life going in my batch?
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You can scrub the rock with a scrub brush or something like that. As for the corals, that will depend on your lighting and what type of corals.
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Great advise.

What is the best way to scrub the rock? I am in now rush to get the tank started. If it taked 3-4 months to cycle and get life going. That will be fine by me.

I have a friend who has a healty Salt water tank and he has offered to give me some healty Coral to add to my batch. Do you think that will help get life going in my batch?
Just a correction. I am in no rush to get the tank started. I just want to make sure the coral is stong before i dropping in fish.
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I use a plastic and nylon brush without any metal on it. Dedicated to my tank.

Look up "uncured rock". That's what you have now. When you put it in salt, monitor the ammonia and nitrite (read up on curing rock and cycling a tank).

Hold off on the coral to ensure there's not ammonia or nitrate spikes from the rock.
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Thanks for the advise. I will try using a brush tonight and scrub the coral down and they just cycle it for 2-3 months. the should get the stong enough and get all the level down.
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Don't scrub corals, are you still talking about the rock? I wouldn't add corals until your tank is cycled.
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Hopefully he meant rock. I agree with the others in that scrubbing the rock of die off will help. Then you can cure your live rock and cycle your tank at the same time.
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