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Old 12-07-2003, 05:52 PM   #1
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Setting Live Rock and Live Sand

Live rock on the glass and then sand, or live sand and the rock on top? I've seen it both ways, and read it both ways.

Also, do you add the sand after the water to eliminate air bubbles? If you added the water after, science would show a lot of trapped air, which is bad.
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Live rock on the glass and then sand, or live sand and the rock on top? I've seen it both ways, and read it both ways.
Mine is pretty much on the glas, maybe a cm of sand beneath the bottom pieces and the glass. The rock work will be more stable and it is actually better to place the LR on the glass and then add the sand around it, but if your doing a DSB some people find it difficult to bury LR under 4-6" of sand. Not hard for me cause I don't use a DSB, lol.
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Old 12-07-2003, 06:51 PM   #3
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Oh yeah, I add the sand (pre-wetted) after the water
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I'm going with a DSB, would this cause too much die off on the LR if I buried it?
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It depends on what was on the rock that was buried. Personally I would probably use a calcium based base rock for the pieces that got buried, something like lace rock or the base rock from www.hirocks.com
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Related question. Now, typically in FW I don't do water changes during the cycle period, but what about the critters on the LR? Will the ammonia spike kill them off?
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Will the ammonia spike kill them off?
Yes.

Curing Liverock? I didn't even know it was sick.
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So basically, whenever I get the LR and LS from www.liverocks.com I should place it in the aquarium and do large water changes every other day? Man, this SW stuff makes my FW look like childs play. I was just thinking, if I do 50% water changes every other day for 3 weeks:

75 Gal * 50% = 37.5 Gal per change

10 Water Changes * 37.5 Gal per change = 375 gal

This is almost 2 buckets of IO also.

Wow, that'll be pricy.
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Your probably going to net closer to 50-60g of water after the sand and rock are in, it will most likely take about a week to two weeks to cure the rock using this method

It's not as bad as all that, it's just a bit more tempermental to start.
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If he's got enough LR and LS, (assuming the live rock is cured), is he going to get an ammonia spike? Won't that set-up be a silent cycle?
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