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Old 03-01-2011, 11:11 AM   #1
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transfering live rock from 1 tank to the other?

i got a nice piece of rock from a friend yesterday i took it out of his tank it was out of water for about 3 hours and then i put it in my tank, i just wanted to make sure this was ok and the rock isnt going to die off in my tank or something and polute it, im not really familiar with how the liverock stuff works so just wanna double check
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Old 03-01-2011, 03:31 PM   #2
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From my understanding you should transport all live rock submerged in water or you risk killing of the bacteria that will then require curing. If you put a lot of LR that has been out of water for a while in a tank it can cause spikes in your ammonia levels, if it's just a small piece and you have a large established tank then the spike may not be significant enough to cause any problems. If you want to play it safe you could cure it in a temp tank/ bucket...

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What sized tank and how much rock was it added to? If enuf, I'd put it in and watch the ammonia for a day or two.
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Old 03-01-2011, 04:21 PM   #4
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45 gallon tank and it was only one piece, probally 3 pounnds if that and yea my ammonia has been at .05 for the past couple days but this was because i had to much stuff in the tank and i had this black urchin which wouldnt stop crapping all over my tank and well obv hes not in their anymore so im keeping my close eye on the ammonia i check it every day its been pretty constant between 0 and 0.5
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If it was out of water for three hours then you`ll experience some die off. Any coralline will bleach white but eventually color back up. You most likely lost all your nitrifying bacteria on that rock.
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Old 03-01-2011, 04:34 PM   #6
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thats fine i dont mind the rock dieng and then coming back to life i just dont want it to make the ammonia spike any more then it already has its one piece tho so i didnt think it would be that much of a factor but im not sure
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A balck urchin's stuff will not cause ammonia to rise.
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if you saw how much crap was sitting on each corner of my tank from him i think you would think differantly
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didnt find any decaying food i know all my live stock and none of them are dead the only thing decaying in my tank was his crap, so what else would it be
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I can't see right now, so tell me how large is your tank and how much rock was in there before you added the 3 lbs? How old is the tank also?
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