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Old 02-11-2011, 09:50 PM   #1
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Starting small zoo tank

I have a bunch of frags and assorted zoos. Im planning on turning this tank into a zoo only tank. I have 35 lbs of live rock on the way in the mail. The tank is plummed into my main display and another 20 gal sump refuge.

Just looking for any tips on adding the rock, and if I should add anything else to the tank such as filters and stuff.
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Old 02-12-2011, 02:30 PM   #2
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Since the tank is plumbed to your main, make sure you fully cure that LR before putting it in the tank, otherwise it'll cause a cycle to occur from all the die-off from shipping.

Just use a rubbermaid tub, trash can, or something (Clean) and keep the rock fully submerged and with a powerhead and a heater running. Give it about a week and monitor ammonia and nitrIte levels during the process. When it all zeros out (just like when you cycled your tank) it's safe to go in.
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Old 02-16-2011, 12:14 AM   #4
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Is it ok to use regular de-clorinated water for the bin to cycle the rock? Or should I use RO? I have an RO, but its slow. At the rate I use the water for the tanks I have I dont think I will have 15 gal by the time the rock gets here. So pretty much if I need to use RO water I will have to go buy it, I would like to save the trip. I have the conditioner and that nitrate remover stuff, but I never know how much it actually does with the water.
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You could use dechlorinated tap water for curing the rock, just make sure you keep it out of light. Your going to have TONS of nutrients in the water anyway from the curing process so a little tap water isn't going to make a difference.
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Old 02-18-2011, 09:49 PM   #7
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Should I be doing water changes in the bin? The water is looking pretty brown. Yesterday it was a faint yellow, now you almost cant see through it. Not sure if this is good or bad, never cycled rock outside a tank before and they always have filters.
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Yes, you should be doing water changes in the bin. I would change out the water every other day or so, and when you change the water, take the time to scrub the rock really well to get rid of any dead/dying organic material. It's a long smelly process.
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Old 02-19-2011, 08:46 PM   #9
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How long you talking. I bought it fully cured and the shiping is the only time any die off happened. Is the shipping enough to kill everyhting and start from new? There is a ton of plant algea growing from the rock. Not sure what type or if it is even algea. The rock is cured in the ocean, then taken out when its shipped. I dont know if I should remove it or leave it. And if I scrub the rock, should I go right down to bare surface? I ask because there is algea, some coraline it seems (because it is purple) on the rock. Should It be scrubbed?
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i would try to get off any green algae, and if i scraped off the coralline with it, i wouldn't lose sleep. i know everyone wants purple rocks, but it will come in time whether you scrub those rocks or not. you won't be efficient enough to remove all the coralline anyway. some will remain.
and yes, there will be die off from shipping. think of it the opposite way: imagine if you were shipped to fiji, submerged in water the entire time. what kind of condition would you be in when you got there? well, that's how some of those creatures on that rock that are meant to be under water their entire lives are going to be when they get to you.
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