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Old 11-14-2005, 12:48 PM   #1
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"Uncurred" LR

I am in the process of starting my first FOLAR tank. I have a LFS that has Uncurred LR for $2.50-3.00/lb (depending on the rock). Being that I do not have anything in the tank yet, can I add my 40lbs LS and the uncurred LR. If so do I have to make water changes, clean the rock daily. Thanks
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Old 11-14-2005, 02:03 PM   #2
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Nope, you can actually use the un-cured rock to cycle your tank. Depending on your tank size you may also want to use an uncooked shrimp as well.

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Old 11-14-2005, 02:04 PM   #3
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You can use the uncured liverock to cycle your tank, that would be fine. And since there isn't anything living in there yet, cleaning and water changes are not necessary. Just test the water a few times a week, when you ammonia and nitrites are at zero, then you can do a nice water change and begin to add inhabitants (slowly). Good luck with your new tank.

What size tank are you setting up?
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What is uncurred live rock ... is this just like normal base rock ?
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I would say between normal base rock and Live Rock. Base rock has been dried and has no visible signs of life ... usually not even any coralline! un-cured LR usually has some signs of life and is closer to being LR!


LOL ... that's the best way I can explain it!
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I'd call it the same as liverock, just some dieoff from the impact of collecting, shipping, etc. It is often spnnges, algae, etc. that has died along the way to your LFS holding tank and the "curing" process is pretty much waiting for this dieoff to decompose and the rock to restabilize (good things start growing again, etc.). You can help the process by removing as much of the dead matter as possible before you plop it in the tank.
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But normal base rock can turn into living rock cant it? Like in my lfs in there s/w tanks they have live rock and base rock and after a couple of monthes the base rock has life forms on it etc ... so it becomes live rock.
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Yes, Base Rock can be reseeded but you have to have LR in the tank.

HoopsGuru - Good explaination!
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uncured live rock to me is live rock that has alot of die off, like Hoops explained.
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Old 11-14-2005, 11:02 PM   #10
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thanks, it is a 55g FOLAR I plan on adding:
1 yellow tang
1 clown
1 royal gramma
1 goby or other sand sifter
1 six line wrasse or dwarf angle or butterfly.
inverts.
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