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Old 01-08-2012, 11:54 PM   #41
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Whoops, good catch. Yes, but mostly base, with a bit of live.
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Old 01-12-2012, 01:09 AM   #42
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thanks guys, will do. another question, i'm working in Nashville TN and i was wondering how long live rock can be out of a tank while still minimizing die-off? i ask because they have an awesome store here, and i have nothing back home.. its an 8 hour drive.. LMK thanks guys!
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Old 01-12-2012, 01:12 AM   #43
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Best case scenario would be to put the rock in coolers of saltwater. If no possible, wrapping in wet newspaper helps, but after about an hour I'd expect lots of die-off.

This is IMO not IME though.
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Old 01-12-2012, 02:45 PM   #44
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I would also submerge it in water if at all possible. there will be substantial die off in 8 hours, but it's probably not even cured at the LFS anyway. Also, remember that live rock is shipped in containers from across the ocean and they do not take special care with it. It's not uncommon for it to be out of the water, with just some damp newspaper draped over it for 4 or 5 days.
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just got just got some stuff in,did a test and ammonia 0 nitrite 0 nitrate 20. but my PH is only at 7.8.. that's pretty low right?
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It's not horrible, but I would want it upwards of 8.
I bet those power heads will help with the ph.
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thanks! any suggestions on how to position them? thanks again!
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Just move them around till you find the sweet spot. I would probably start with them at either side of the tank about 3/4 the way up, aiming at each other. The object is not to have any/many low flow spots where detritus can accumulate. You will place corals accordingly.
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only two decent small pieces that the store had.. kind of lost on how to place them but i guess when i get my dry rock i will try to make it look better.. also light is temporary just to get the pic to work out, so is the egg crate.. any suggestions or other info is appreciated, thanks!
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Wait... Did I read right? You DON'T want a cover on your saltwater tank? Better to have it open? Did I read that right?
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