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Old 06-11-2010, 05:37 PM   #11
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Old 06-11-2010, 05:41 PM   #12
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Haha, Curing your own is the best way to go. IMO a lot of time the LFS "live rock" is super crappy and not even that alive. I, like ziggy, have been gone for awhile but i too got my stuff from marcorock. Its all dry rock that you cure and cycle yourself. You can save TONS of money, and only have to wait like 3-4 weeks for it all to cycle. Some people also do 50/50 live rock and dry rock to speed things up.

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I would buy some dry rock and cure it your self. The most important thing is the biological filtration.
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Old 06-14-2010, 03:40 PM   #14
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Can someone point me to an article on curing?

Here's what I don't get... Mass vs. surface area. My LFS wants to sell big heavy hunks of rock. If they had their way Iíd buy 3 - 40 lb rocks. Seems to me that if I find 20 pieces that are spindly, lots of branches and porous with FAR more surface area, why canít I buy 75 lbs. 125 pounds of rock consumes a LOT of space, especially if it IS porous and branchy. (Just making up new words as I go) Itís taking away from the display. So if I have a Fluval G6 with several pounds of those little ceramic nodules, and a 10 gallon sump with one end full with fully 10 pounds of those nodules, isnít that hosting enough bacteria?

20 years ago when I was into this and running fish only, it was all about the sump and the bio balls. Changed 20% of the water monthly and live was good. Rinsed the detritus off the balls in salt water every few monthsÖ I think we added bio wheel when they first came out but I really thought the bio balls were doing a good job. One could make a case that test kits are more accurate, but I never saw any stress on my fish.
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Curing live rock? I didn't even know it was sick!
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Old 06-18-2010, 03:31 PM   #16
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They're sick alright... Even at a snails pace, they become rock star groupies. Someone told me to rock them to sleep, but they were so stoned, every single cell became porous.

Bit of a rocky start, but I think I have them corralled. Salty little farts are heavy when they retain water. When the lights went out I thought their lively hood was at stake. The detritus fact is, they can get a little crabby some times, but a little turbulence in their crevices skims that attitude. Thereís something fishy about that, but everyone needs anemone in their lives.

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your live rock is most of your filtration. plus 75 pounds isnt actaully that much. i could fit 150 pounds in a 55 gallon tank. rock is heavyer than most people think. i mean a basketball size piece weighs at least 15-20 pounds and thatd be nothing in my 58 gallon
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