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Old 12-07-2003, 11:01 PM   #11
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assuming the live rock is cured
He is in Illinois, the LR is in FL, there will be die off from the shipping process.

If totally cured LR is used that does not spend more than an hour or so out of water, the ammonia spike should be negligible.
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So I will actually be cycling very little, just monitor the ammonia and do water changes to keep it in check to prevent critter die off, as well as remove as much die off as possible.

Do I need to do a fishless cycle then with raw shrimp, or will the rock and sand be enough?
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Hey when you fill the tank put a piece of foil down covering the bottom of the tank; fold the corners up about 2" all around. Then put a plate on the foil and pour the water over the plate. The tank will fill up very clear and you won't have that southdowqn storm every one gets. Just a trick I use in my maintanence business to get a clear tank right away for the customer!
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anytime you add LR in any amount, esp if it arrives via the mail, you will get a "recycle". The size and severity of it will depend on the amount of LR introduced and the quality of the LR when it gets to you
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great trick captive!
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I purchased 30 lbs of base rock from hirocks. They have some great rock! Fast shipping too.
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Old 12-15-2003, 11:28 PM   #18
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I just purchased 100# of LR from www.liverocks.com to be at the airport on Thursday. I will post some pix.
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Old 12-15-2003, 11:55 PM   #20
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I just purchased 100# of LR from www.liverocks.com to be at the airport on Thursday. I will post some pix.
I would avoid doing water changes with this LR.. Your ammonia spike will be very very minimal.. You should not see it go higher than .25 and nitrites houldnt rise above .5 IMO and experience all the critters will be fine.. I placed 100lbs of the same in my tank and it cycled in less that 1 week.. The packing job that they do is supreme and everything creatures and all should all be alive when they get to you.. your LR is out of the water for no more than 16hrs but is also packed in wet absorbant paper towels to keet the LR wet.. Place it in and monitor it for a week.. I would IME say that as long as your levels drop within the week like they should you would be able to add a fish or 2 within 2 weeks of adding the LR to your tank.. My tank was setup for 1 week prior to me adding 2 clowns.. About a week after that I added a Bubble coral.. So far NOTHING in my tank has died except a elegance coral... My levels all have never even been detected since about 2 days after placing the LR in my tank.. My nitrates stayed at 5ppm for about 2 months and they have been at 0 since as well.. My tank has a variety of SPS, Softies, shrooms, LPS and an Anemone all thriving.. All this was just my experience though.. BTW you will LOVE the LR it was awesome and well worth the cash..

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