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Old 06-08-2007, 01:57 PM   #11
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The brain coral I have is dead. So it should not matter right? Still leave it in there? If I order the live rock and base rock now and put it in one week into the cycle, will that change the ammonia and then nitrite reading I get? And If I do it this way no need to cure it? Also, how much live rock/base rock is needed?

Oh and I don't have power heads...I'm not really sure what these are for? Will I need these also right away? I think these are to circulate the water better? right?
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If I order the live rock and base rock now and put it in one week into the cycle, will that change the ammonia and then nitrite reading I get?
This might cause your ammonia to rise, but is natural in the cycle proccess. Once you get it, scrub the LR off to remove as much die-off as possibly and rinse the base rock as well.
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Also, how much live rock/base rock is needed?
You should shoot for 1.5-2Lbs per gallon for the best filtration. You can mix 80% base with LR or however much you like.
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Oh and I don't have power heads
These are pretty important. They help move the water (some critters need flow for feeding, like some corals). They will also help to agitate the surface for stable pH. Major namebrands are SEIO, Maxi-Jet, don't get cheap ones. I prefer the Hydor Koralia Water Circulation Pump but others will have their preferences as well.
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I'm going with a fish only aquarium. Is the power head still important? Also with the base/live rock and a power head in there, I will still need my cannister filter?

Where is the best place online to buy base rock? I saw a post earlier but I can't seem to find it now.
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The ph is important to keep O2 exchange for a stable pH, in any SW tank (unless you have enough flow from your cannister or sump/fuge's return and plenty of surface ripple). I like my cannister filter. I tossed out the sponges and carbon. I kept the ceramic rings (you can substitute it with LR rubble, if you like) and only run purigen in my filter. I also have 2 Hydor 2s and another ph in the middle of the tank.
I bought my base rock from marcorocks.com and was very pleased, it seems he has raised his prices and someone else might be able to point you to a cheaper site.
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I'm going to order some live rock this weekend from exoticfish.com. Is 50 lbs. good for now for my 55 gallon tank? Or should I go with 100 lbs.? I'll be adding it in there 10 days into the cycle.
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100lbs would be ideal. Not sure how it comes boxed, but usually its in 45lbs boxes. Two of those will be just fine. Also, specify over-night shipping as oppossed to two day. the rock will arrive in much better condition.
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I agree that more than the 50 would be good also as it would provide more surface area for the beneficial bacteria to grow on.
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How should I go about curing my live rock when I get it? Should I add in right in my tank and just let it cycle?

I'm kind of confused now because I'm reading a book that suggests that no substrate be added while curing/cycling the live rock and that the live rock can't be placed on top of the live sand. Problem is I already have the live sand in there and have been cycling already for about 1 week with the shrimp. Where do I go from here?
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You can either just add to your tank now which is what I would do or cure it in a plastic tote. Since you are only one week in the cycle just add it to your tank and cycle your tank and cure your LR at the same time. When you get your LR I would scrub it really good in some SW to femove the dieoff. Read that link I gave you on curing LR that I sent you a couple post ago.
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I agree...go ahead and add it to the tank. SInce your tank is cycling it will be fine. In the future, if you want to add additional LR to your CYCLED tank then you must buy cured LR or do it yourself. As far as adding the substrate and putting the LR on top, you will be fine.
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