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Old 10-11-2004, 08:45 PM   #1
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Quick Q re. liverock...

My LFS says their "cured liverock" is 100% ok to put straight into my tank, with no problems and ammonia spikes etc. Is this true? Do most people just put "cured" liverock straight into their main tanks?
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Old 10-11-2004, 08:58 PM   #2
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When I set up my fowlr I got 55lbs of cured LR from my LFS and I ran the tank for a week with no sign of amm, so I dropped in a fish and it was all down hill from there. I knew that the LFS had this rock for a few months so it was cured no questions asked.
To be on the safe side get only a few pounds at first to try it out........ If you get a amm spike take it out....
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So, the way to do it would be to put it into QT for a week (or two?) and see if I get an ammonia spike basically?
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Old 10-11-2004, 09:49 PM   #4
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Yep that's basically it. If it's not cured you'll probably get ammonia readings pretty much right away but if there's no reading then wait a day or so to be sure then add it.

The way I do it is if I'm getting LR from their curing tanks then no matter how long they've had it I'll do a mini-cure.. but if I'm picking out a few pieces right from one of their fish/invert tanks then I'll add it straight to the main.
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I've just been reading the article on curing LR...

Put it in a container, do waterchanges every other day for 2-3 weeks etc...

Is that not neccessary then - I simply get the LR from them (cured or uncured) put it into my QT and wait for...4 days (?) to see if I get an ammonia spike? If I don't get an ammonia reading within a week, I'm 100% ok to add it to my tank with no problems at all?

Is the week long enough, there's no possibility of the ammonia coming after the week? If it's not shown up within the week then it's definitely not there and is ok to put in my tank?

If I get an ammonia reading, do I just wait until the ammonia and nitrite have risen and gone back to 0, then add it to my tank say 3 days after both the levels have constantly been at 0?

On a sidenote, do you have to acclimate LR, or do you just pop it straight in?
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I assume you would be adding it to your already set up system. I would qt it for a couple of week, never know if a parasite may come in on it.
The added bonus would be the extra curing time.
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It all depends if you're getting cured or uncured LR.

I was talking about cured LR.. if it's uncured then you have to follow the instructions you read in that article and it will take a few weeks. IMO go for cured LR to save yourself the hassle. 9 times out of 10 you can just add it right to your tank from the LFS.
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So, when they say it's cured, I should trust them? 8O

If it is cured, then what I said in my last post is right? ie. if a week passes then it's all good?

Quarryshark: I didn't know parasites could be transfered on LR?
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I should qualify that. If there are fish in the tank with the rock (like my LFS does) then it is a possibility. If not and it has been in a fishless container for a while, then I wouldn't worry.
Some ebay purchased live sand brought ich into my system. All I'm saying is cover your bases so to speak.
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I'm getting cured liverock, and regardless of where it came from (curing tank or one of their fish/invert tanks) I'm putting it in QT for at least a week to make sure there are no ammonia spikes. Then I'll put it straight in my main system (do I have to acclimate it? If so, drip?).

But, there's also the parasite issue - how will I know if the rock is carrying ich etc.?
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