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Old 08-29-2006, 10:38 PM   #1
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When to add live rock

I was wondering when I can add LR. I just starting cycling my tank with a shrimp and wasnt sure if i should add LR now or wait a week.

Ive heard its good to cycle your tank with the LR but I wasnt sure if the ammonia and nitrite spikes would kill of the LR.

Also, how many hrs a day should I have my light on my tank?
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If the rock is uncured, it would definitely be better to add it now.
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It is going it be already cured from the LFS, possibly petco....
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Maybe cured but most likely not much life on it. I'd add it now, but I have no idea what Petco has. If it is full of life, you might wanna wait - or do water changes often which would extend the cycle time. Can you get ahold of any dry base rock? it'd be great and cheap to use that now too.

Lighting during cycling isn't that important at all, but I like 10 hrs on daily.
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I like to cycle with just a sandbed and Dry Base Rock using the raw shrimp. Then I add the Live Rock....and sometimes I have a small cycle...sometimes no cycle at all...depending on the LR die-off. This way I do not subject any life on the LR to really high ammonia or nitrite levels...and preserve the most life. I get Florida Aquacultured rock which is teaming with life...and I hate to damage any of it during a cycle.

That is my consciencent method....but I do not know many people that do this.

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Okay, i think im gonna add LR slowly through the cycle, just to see how things work out. Heres what I got so far.
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gonna add LR slowly through the cycle,
It may a a longer, drawn out cycle. The ammonia goes up, starts to come down, then maybe go up again with more rocock. I'd do all of it now.

Or like Whitecloud suggests. That does sound good for the life laden, cured LR. Besides, base to start is cheaper anyway. Also, you can work the dry, base rock and shape it, build swim thrus, arches, amd things like that with putty. Don't putty all of it, just some key structures. Easy to do with dry base out of the water.

Also, as you add rock, look for more porous stuff. Even for base. Not as heavy, same sized, but holey. That's the good stuff IMO. It's not the weight that counts, but the surface size with those nice nooks and crannies.
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I had not even thought of the puttying idea!! What kind of Putty do you recommend that is aquarium safe??

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http://www.liverocknreef.com/shop/in...28&prevstart=0

Like this kinda stuff. Any LFS should carry it. Made just for putting rocks like these together. And no worry, it'll easily come apart when/if you decide to re-landscape. Don't use glue IMO.
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