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Old 09-06-2006, 01:03 AM   #11
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i just bought live rock too! I added all at the same time. I havent put any dead shrimp to bring up ammonia levels because i was told that adding live rock teeming with life would take care of that, because most of the life on the rocks would die, and begin to rot in place of shrimp.
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Old 09-13-2006, 07:44 PM   #12
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i was told that adding live rock teeming with life would take care of that, because most of the life on the rocks would die
Hopefully most of your life will not die but enough should to provide a source of amonia. You need to test to see. You should see a high amonia spike if you just added a good amount all at once unless it is all cured with not much life. Bottom line you have to test. You need to see a spike in amonia and nitrite after that until they are both 0.
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If you buy lr from the lfs and put it directly into your tank the die-off should be minimal. Its shipping lr (out of water for a day or two) that leads to noticable die-off.

I put my pre-cured (shipped) lr into the tank with a big fat shrimp and had no problems. I think that some people make too much of an issue of exactly when and how lr should be added.

Like Famous Amos (the cookie guy) sais; you can waste too much time researching things to death - sometimes it more important to just get started.
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Old 09-14-2006, 08:06 AM   #14
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And for some things, I'd say he could be very wrong. Lot's of people "just get started" in this hobby and waste a lot of money without sufficient research.

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That depends entirely on what stage and how much die-off the rock has. Paritally cured or uncured maybe OK depending on the quantity of cured rock already present and how much you're adding. You really can't say just add it directly to the tank without some limits or caution.

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Old 09-14-2006, 11:04 AM   #15
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Everything is going good for me. My tank finished cycling at the beginning of the week. Now i get to see all my hitchhikers (an anenome, bristleworms, some really small white worms, and ive seen one little bug).

Since then I put in 6 dwarf blue leg hermits, and 2 nassarius snails.

This weekend im thinking about getting my first fish... possibly a clown or a goby/blenny.
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From SW fish.com:

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They should be introduced into established aquariums with Live Rock, as this is where their best food source breeds -- copepods.
The only reason I don't have one of these beuties is listed above.

I suggest you look into hatching brine shrimp (not difficult or expensive) and still there is no garantee that the shrimp will work.Some others may chime in with differenrt opinions,but the research I have done suggests you have purchased a very finiiky eater.

I love the fish though...very high on the wish list for me...I'm just nearly established enough to add one per my reading (I don't mean to sound preachy,just trying to help your fish survive).

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Looks nice! You may want to keep that hair algea in check. How often/what/how much are you feeding? How long are you running your lights?
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Felt like updating today. Added a sump. Pics show progression.
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