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Old 05-02-2013, 10:12 AM   #11
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The live rock just happened to come with a used tank I bought for quarantine but I didn't plan on doing anything with the rock. Lucky for me I have some to use now. Can I cure the rock with water from my tank after water changes? How long do I need to cure for? Will throwing some bio balls in with the rock during curing help or hurt? Also, how often should I change the water when curing, can I just change it once a week when I do my tank water change? Thanks again for all the help.
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Old 05-02-2013, 02:43 PM   #12
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NitraZorb is something you might wanna consider. I've never used it, but it is supposed to be for removing all types of nitrogenous waste (amm, nitrite and nitrate)
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Thanks again everyone for the input. I plan on removing the bio balls, starting with some this weekend, and turning the filter area into a refugium with live rock, algae and a light. But my question now is, do I need sand? Or some sort of substrate at all?
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Nope. A deep sand bed can be used, but it has to be deep enough to prevent oxygenated water from getting down there. Then anaerobic bacteria can live and convert nitrate to nitrogen gas. Not worth it IMHO. Cheato works better and is much much much easier to manage. Rocks aren't even required I'd you have enough in your tank.
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Thanks again everyone for the input. I plan on removing the bio balls, starting with some this weekend, and turning the filter area into a refugium with live rock, algae and a light. But my question now is, do I need sand? Or some sort of substrate at all?
All I use is cheato and replace it every few weeks

I have tons growing in my feeder tank
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I'm a skimmer fanatic so I still say get a skimmer too. Either way sounds like you're on the right track.
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So it has been a few weeks but I have finished converting my Seaclear II from bio balls to live rock in the back. I did a 10 gallon water change every weekend for the last for weeks and removed 1/4 of the bio balls each time (which ended up being about 4 gallon bags of balls in the end). During that time, I cured 25 lbs of live rock. So today I pulled out the last of the balls, sucked up a bunch of crap back there and placed 25 lbs of live rock in 2 of the 3 compartments. And I still have 1 compartment to grow cheato. My nitrates have come down some, somewhere between 60-80 now. But hopefully they will start to come down even more now. Thanks again for the help. And for anyone who has a Seaclear II, you can definitely dump the bio balls and throw in live rock.
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