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Old 02-05-2005, 10:42 AM   #11
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You could (and should IMO) add live rock to your system. You would either have to buy precured rock, or cure it in a separate container before placing it in your system.
LR would be very benificial for your system.
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Old 02-05-2005, 10:56 AM   #12
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I agree with Kurt on the live rock. You could check out liverock.com - they have rock that often only needs minimal curing, plus its great looking rock! a rubbermaid container with saltwater, and a power head would allow you to cure it a couple weeks, testing ammonia/nitrite, then add to your tank when it's 'safe'.
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I'll have to do that then. They had given me the impression that I could only add the live rock at start up if I didn't want to kill my fish. I guess I'll just have to add it piece by piece over a period of time and keep a very close eye on the ammonia level while adding it.
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Old 02-05-2005, 01:21 PM   #14
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Curing Live Rock? I didn't even know it was sick!!

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Well, I might be wrong, but I always added single hand picked pieces of LR one at a time from the LFS as I could afford it when I set up my 1st tank, one pc per week... straight from their tank to mine and never got a spike from it. You could add it slowly like that and you should be fine. Maybe someone will correct me if that's bad info.

But if you can afford it now, it's very very beneficial to your tank and fish no matter how you have to swing it.

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Cure the rock before you put it in your tank. Buy yourself a Plastic Trash can and put your Live rock in there with salt water over the top. You might want to scrub the rock first to take any die off off the rock. You`ll probably need a heater and airstone also. You`ll probably have to let it sit for a couple weeks with some water changes in there. Once it cycles you can add it to your tank without the chance of an Amonnia spike. I hope I said it all but there is many links out there that tell you how to cure live rock. Just don`t do it in your tank. If I left something out I`m sure the advisors will tell us. Good Luck
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Well, I might be wrong, but I always added single hand picked pieces of LR one at a time from the LFS as I could afford it when I set up my 1st tank, one pc per week... straight from their tank to mine and never got a spike from it. You could add it slowly like that and you should be fine. Maybe someone will correct me if that's bad info.
I wouldn't call it bad info, it just needs a little further explaination. If the LFS has had the rock for 6-8 weeks already, there's a great chance the rock will have no die off affecting the tank. Especially with the quick transport time. If newly arrived rock, it needs time to cure before placing in the tank/purchasing.

I will say though that you should never go on the word of the LFS unless you have a solid long standing relationship. If you are not sure, don't risk it.

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Thanks for all the advice on the live rock. You all have really helped me understand what I need to do and look out for. I guess I got us a bit off topic by my questions about live rock, sorry! LJREASI, have you tested your tank for ammonia? My ammonia level was a bit high and I was curious if you might have the same condition.
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I spoke to a guy at the lfs who suggested that the red spots/streaks may be a sign of hemorrhagic septicemia. He recommended treating with furazone green, so I'm in the process of doing that now. I've moved the tangs to a quarantine tank, and after 2 full days they appear to getting better. It's a little hard to tell though now that the water is green.
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