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Old 01-04-2007, 06:20 PM   #1
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To water change or not to water change. that is the question

Ok so I'm reading different articles on curing live rock and finding conflicting info. I see some that say to do 50% water changes every other day. And some that say to let it ride until it completes it's cycle.
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Are you talking curing/cycling your main tank or in a separate bucket?
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Main tank. There is nothing in it at this point but rock and sand. I even spent hours today straining the Crushed coral out from under the sand because I read here it isn't good to have in there. But ya curing the rock in my tank.
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Ack! I know what you mean about straining the CC from the sand. I did it myself, after I had everything set up, including fish. It's not that CC is bad, it is mainly a personal preference. I didn't like it. You can just cycle your tank with the rock....is it cured or uncured?
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From the looks of it I'd say uncured. It was pretty nasty when I opened the box.
Lost of stuck on mud and such. I ordered it online. From liveaquaria.com.
Only got one semi large piece the rest were pretty small.

And I know I'm going to want sand sifters. Didn't realize the coral would be a prob until it was to late. I know I didn't get it All but I got as much as I could.
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I say just cure it as you cycle your tank. Dont do any PWC till the cycle is done. If you do you will slow the cycle down and have to wait longer. You probably wont need to add a shrimp if your LR was that bad. But you`ll be OK. Just do a 30-50% PWC when the cycle is over.
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Well I scrubbed as much of the dead stuff off as I could w/o hurting any of the plants that made it.
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It wouldn't be a bad idea to siphon off any decaying matter (sponges, etc) that will cause further fouling of the water.
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I will as soon as I can turn my filter back on. Tank got really cloudy from trying to get all the crushed coral out so now I'm just waiting so I can see to arrange the rocks and get any of the funk I may have missed out. That was a messy job that I really don't want to ever do again. No mentioned that it STANK like crazy. I mean.. eww. But at least it was still moist when it got here so that's gotta be fairly good.
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Almost definitive answer that any site will tell you is:

1 water change per week of about 10% to 20%. Here's how:

A. Siphon water out of tank
B. Mix with new saltwater to create half old, half new water
C. Pump water back in to tank
D. Repeat steps A through C
E. You're done

This is the safest way and most undisturbing way to do water changes =)

http://www.fishstart.com/?q=saltwater+water+changes
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