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Old 02-01-2013, 12:44 AM   #141
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So our topics within this thread are all over the place. When people refer to rock as cured... What does that mean? Has anyone purchased base rock from dryrockusa.com?
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Old 02-02-2013, 01:13 PM   #142
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Cured rock usually has been set in the sun for a few weeks and rinsed off really well to get all the old algae and any other bacteria on it off. Cured rock is good for base rock then you put 2-3 pieces of live in there to get the bacteria growing and help the cycle.
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That's dead rock, not cured rock. I believe cured rock is a term people use for rock that's been cycled already. You do not need any uncured rock to get a cycle going if you have all cured rock. you should be able to skip the cycle, or most of it, depending on how it was transferred from one tank to another.
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Old 02-02-2013, 04:47 PM   #144
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So will my tank go through another cycle if I add 100lbs of base rock?
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Base rock meaning what? Some consider base rock to be dry pieces with no color or life on them. I think this is incorrect also.
Base rock is rock that has very little character. Round, boulder-type pieces that you would use as the "base" of your pile and cover with the nicer stuff. If you are referring to that, I would have to ask what condition is this rock in.
Is it from an established system? If so, then no, you aren't going o get a cycle if the transport doesn't have it out of the water for very long.
Is it uncured/un-cycled? then yes, you should have a substantial spike with 100 pounds of uncured rock.
In that case, I would cycle it in a separate container. A plastic tub with a heater and power head for a few weeks/month will be fine.
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I'm purchasing it from reefrock. It's just dry base.
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I would put it in a tub and wait a few days and see what the water reads, but theoretically, it shouldn't cause a spike if there is nothing dead on it.
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Old 02-27-2013, 08:41 PM   #148
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Just picked up my mag 950. Hopefully I'll be setting up my sump this weekend
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Old 02-28-2013, 12:04 AM   #149
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Should my return chamber be this full? I'm just trying out my return pump...


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Keep it where if the return pump fails and it back siphons it doesn't over fill the sump. That's how you determine how full it should be
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