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Old 03-05-2008, 10:57 PM   #11
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I cured some Caribbean rock I had for a little over a week and scrubbed it down good. I still had a lot of die off inside of my tank that didn't scrub off (nasty stuff) Depending on what your rocks are like. The curing process could take as long as cycling a fish tank. I got excited and added my rock probably before I should have. Fish did ok and didn't see a cycle in my main tank. I would suggest testing your containers parameters you are curing your rocks in every 2 days to monitor the cycle to get an idea for when the rocks are cured. Once cured and a scrub down to remove die-off you should be able to add all of the new rocks at once that way you can play around with your rock placement to get it to work.
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I recently ordered some Lalo rock from the good Drs. I cured in a separate container and monitored NH3 and NO2 like fijiwigi states above. It took almost 4 weeks for the rock to fully cure.
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I am planning on using a dremmel to cut up some of my base rock, to make caves, ledges and towers.
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I just did what you are wanting to do other than my rock came from and established tank directly to mine. I made up water for a 30% water change and pumped out that same amount of water. I took all the rock out of the tank and put it in the water I just took out. I moved my fish to the sump. Then I took both the new rock and old rock and stacked it. After I got it like I wanted it I added the new water and the fish. I did have to go back the next day and move a couple pieces around.

Also you can add all the new rock at one time if you make sure it is cured well and clean. Make sure you are doing water changes often and check the ammonia level in the tub you have the rock curing in. Once ammonia reaches 0 you should be able to add it to your tank.
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