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Old 04-03-2003, 03:42 PM   #1
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can I put a peice of 10 lbs live rock in my reef? will one peice spike my levels?or do I have to let it sit in hospital tank for a week?It 's uncured rock .I headr your not supposd to put it directly in tank but isnt that for large amounts?
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Old 04-03-2003, 03:55 PM   #2
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I have put rocks right from the ocean in my tank and not had a problem. I have read that others have had minor and major spikes from this..

How does it smell? if it is rotten smelling, I would scrub it off with a scrub brush and put it in the QT until it is cured.

If it smells normal, or like it should, you might be ok.. Some others would like to comment on this I am sure... so good luck..
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smells funky to me LFS told me it all smells that way ,He sometimes gets some real foul stuff He said mine is not .and he told me one peice wont hurt.thought I would double check with my people.( thats you guys) I had it in my hospital for a few hours tanks not cloudy.I have no live rock in my reef tank right now.
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rock smell like low tide
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I have added 10 lbs of uncured on 2 different occasions with no effect what so ever. My DSB had no trouble keeping up with the additional waste if there was any.
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Put it in and monitor your levels..
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DSB? Ill put the rock in but I don't know what that means
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DSB = Deep Sand Bed generally 4" - 6" of sugar sized sand.

Here's a link to an article by By Ronald L. Shimek, Ph. D.
http://www.rshimek.com/reef/sediment.htm
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wow I have 2 sand sifting stars and acouple of sand sifting lemon head gobeis and only 2 inches of sand &crushed coral
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It is suggested by some to have at least 4 to 6 inches for good nitrification properties. There are a lot of contraversial views from the experts. Some say sand, some say no sand.

I have 3 in. of sand and somewhere around 75 lbs of LR in a 55Gal

It is hobby and you can do it however you like...Who knows, maybe you will come upon something to contribute to the way it is done....
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