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Old 04-13-2006, 10:57 PM   #11
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I added 1 turbo snail and 3 crabs last night and so far so good. I know this may sound stupic but, how do you know your live rock is really live anymore. With all my trouble I am wondering if all the "critters" made it. I know my ammonia is up a little bit but not much. I don't see anything crawling around but I know a lot of it is microscopic.

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If it's in the tank with water and there's any source of decaying organic matter (uneaten food/poop) then nitrifying bacteria will colonize on the surfaces. That's all LR really is, a home for bacteria to grow.
Critters usually means copepods and amphipods. The best time to look for them is about an hour after lights out in the tank. If you have a red flashlight or filter for one, use that to look around and check for any movement about the rocks and substrate. I pretty much need to use my reading glasses these days to see most of them.

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