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Old 12-07-2011, 09:09 PM   #1
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I have about 42-45lbs of live rock in my 25 gallon. The rock scape looks like crap. One big pile everywhere. I want to take some out and make the scape look more appealing.
2 clowns, 1 goby, emerald crab, 1 pistol and 1 peppermint shrimp. I'm worried if I remove some rock I might have a mini cycle. Last time I checked all parameters were good.

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What do u think? Thanks in advance
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Old 12-07-2011, 09:14 PM   #2
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Looking at your tank I agree, it's rare but in this case i think there is too much of a good thing. lol You could take some of the larger pieces out and break it up some.

You shouldnt have a mini cycle if youre just taking out some rock. i wouldnt remove it all. lol

I would take some of those rocks and after breaking them into pieces keep some for future coral purposes if youre gonna go corals that is.
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Old 12-07-2011, 09:18 PM   #3
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I know it looks like crap, but I was worried about the cycle, think I could take it down to like 25-30lbs + when I was doing research it says 1.5 to 2 lbs per gallon. When I first set it up (2 months) I was gonna get more to have like 50lbs
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I also have a 32 gallon container where I mix my salt and ro/di, it has a power head and heater. Could I put the extra rock in there to keep it alive? Or will that mess up my fresh ro/di?
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A kind of rule of thumb is 1.3-1.5 per galon...never seen more than 1.5. I have a 36 gal and have 50lbs of LR in mine. You def have to much. But, if you have a sump, add some of your LR to it to help it filter. Once I get my sump set up, that is what I am going to do with some of my LR so I can free up space.
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No sump. How bout my mixing tub? Is that not a good idea. I'd hate to lose that good bacteria.
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I wouldnt add it to the mixing tub, not sure why i wouldn't just seems like a bad idea.

I have 250lbs of rock in my 125g with room to spare. Plus another 20lbs in the sump. Alot of reef tanks go to the 2.0lbs a gallon.
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You could give the extra to me lol. Or just keep it in a garage or shed. Let it dry out and keep it if you ever want to upgrade.
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Ok thanks for the input. For some reason it doesn't seem alright to me either with the live rock in mixer. I was hoping someone was gonna say "sure no problem it's done all the time"
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Ok thanks for the input. For some reason it doesn't seem alright to me either with the live rock in mixer. I was hoping someone was gonna say "sure no problem it's done all the time"
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I wouldn't see what the problem would be as long as it's in SW. I'd just rinse it out for when I'd want to use it as a mixing bucket again.
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