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Old 07-22-2004, 08:35 PM   #1
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Uncured Live Rock: How bad does it smell?

I found a good price at a LFS for Marshall Island LR.
Half the price as I have seen other places.

The LR is not cured. The guy from the LFS said that adding uncured LR
is a great way to cycle my new tank.

At that price I plan to add 90# of the LR

I am also planning to add 40# of LS with the LR

My tank is a 72gallon Bow. It is in my living room.

My questions are:
Can I just place the uncured LR into my tank to cure and cycle my tank?

I have read that uncured LR smells.
Will it stink up my house? how bad will it be and for how long?

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Old 07-22-2004, 10:05 PM   #2
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Re: Uncured Live Rock: How bad does it smell?

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My questions are:
Can I just place the uncured LR into my tank to cure and cycle my tank?
Yes, just be sure you do regular water changes depending on ammonia levels. You might even need to do them daily. With uncured LR, the lower you can keep the ammonia and nitrites throughout the cycle process, the more animals that will survive.

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I have read that uncured LR smells.
Will it stink up my house? how bad will it be and for how long?
You betcha!!
How longs going to depend on the amount of die off and wether or not you maintain the water changes. If you have a skimmer it will definately help. Running with GAC will help with the smell.

FWIW, I wouldn't bother with the LS. Dry aragonite sand will work just as well and will be seeded by the LR. Save your $$.

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It will stink up the room.. you would be better off curing it outside of the house or in a basement if you have one. It's hard to say how long but expect around a weeks worth of foul odors.
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i just purchased 75lbs of uncured LR. some of the pieces stank like rotten egg! i cleaned whatever was rotting and put it in the tank. after a day, the room stank. not bad enough to get kicked out, but enough that you would notice it after passing the room. after a while the smell died down though. just go for it!
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Old 07-22-2004, 11:57 PM   #5
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Everyone says it stinks. do you think it is bad enough where the smell would
leak out my front door and into the hallway?

I live in an apartment complex and that would be bad. 8O

the tank isn’t to far from the front door and there are no rooms separating them.

If the smell is just in the living room for a few days I can leave the windows open
and have a fan blow as much air out of the apartment.

Or just buy cured LR for a little more $ and hope I don’t get any bad hitch hikers

What do you guys think?
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It's definitely not something I would do again, but if you are up to the extra maintenance - and there is a lot of it - then you should go for it just for the experience. If you keep the room well ventilated and do a lot of water changes, it shouldn't affect anyone else in the vicinity.
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I am about to convert my 55 here @ work to a salt tank an dI am going to use some base rock and then seed it with some LR from my own tank. just scrape off the good stuff and see what happens !
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Old 07-23-2004, 12:50 AM   #8
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Thanks for all the input.

I am heavily leaning towards LR.com now
The colors on those rocks are awesome.

From what I've read I can just place the LR from LR.com
straight from the box and into my Tank to start cycling.
Seems much easier to deal with than the uncured process.

Now what are the odds of getting a Mantis?
Read bad things about them evil little guys.

Can’t wait to get the LR and LS in. Almost there
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well there rock did not smell at all when i got it. and i did not get a mantis. or if i did i still have not sen him yet. but i did see a hermit crab dead on the floor today. i think he might be in there but have not seen it. the rock has been in there since may i think.
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I got LR.com rock too. I never really got an ammonia spike after adding it, and my nitrates are already approaching 10ppm, with 0 nitrite.
Their stuff is good.
If you order from them, specifiy the size of tank, and that it's new, so they can select an appropriate range of sizes of rock so you can create a good rockscape.
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