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Old 08-23-2004, 08:58 AM   #1
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Would this work???

I already have 50lbs LR in my 75gal FOSW. I want to add about 35 more from www.liverocks.com. But, I'm afraid of the ammonia spikes and all. Could I use a large plastic container with a small filter and heater to sure the rock in for a couple of weeks before putting it in the tank. I already have 4 damsel int his tank and it's been cycling for a little over 2 weeks. Or should I just get the 35lbs and put them int he tank?
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I cycled my tank with live rock. Curious about the damsels though. What kind of fish are you ultimately gonna have? I've heard stories about folks trying to remove those territorial little buggers later on after new, more expensive fish are harrassed and stressed.

Might wanna thing about that before you get too far down the road. With more rock, the damsels are that much more elusive. Might consider the blue/green chromis isntead.
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You can cure LR in a separate container with no problems. If the rock in your display was pre-cured the odds are you won't have much of a cycle. If the rock was not cured, you don't need any fish to complete the cycle, the die off from the rock will be more than sufficient bio-load. If the display is still curing and you don't actually want damsels, I'd recomend taking the damsels back to the fish store and adding all the rock you want. You'll get a better cycle and the fish won't be tortured.
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But yes you can cure lr in a trash can or tote. You don't even need the filter just a powerhead to circulate the water. No light either or you will get algae problems. If you keep it in your house you won't have to worry about a heater either.
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