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Old 10/11/2007, 07:17 PM
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Question cured live rock

i am purchasing 175lbs of live rock from the fish factory they say it is already cured how can i tell?
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Old 10/11/2007, 07:20 PM
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you can easily tell the difference by smelling it first, if it stinks really foul/bad then its not cured! on the other hand if its not foul odored then its good to go, hope this helps...
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Old 10/11/2007, 07:33 PM
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Also its a good idea to inspect each piece for unwanted items like sponges , aptesia , ect.. With this much rock its kinda hard to remove later. I would even give a fresh water dip to removed inner unwanted guys.
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Old 10/11/2007, 09:59 PM
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another thing. Never trust the guys at the LFS. They usually will tell you anything to make a sale.
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Old 10/11/2007, 10:44 PM
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If it's shipped dry, or damp it's gonna need more curing. Even across town, you'll have some die off.
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Old 10/11/2007, 11:28 PM
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so if i buy it should i let in cycle in the tank that it is going in for good or should i uarantine it fierst then place in the main tank
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Old 10/12/2007, 07:09 AM
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Since, its a new tank without any livestock. I would cure in the main tank. You will have a strong cycle, which is great to have. Keep an eye on the water parameters. Lots of flow across the rocks. Remove die-off daily. No lights, no water change until cycle is finished. I would run a canister filter during this time. No need for a skimmer at this point. I would suggest a long grace period before adding anything else. Good luck. I almost forgot use RO from the start, it will save you lots of troubles. Make sure the salinity and temp is correct before adding LR.
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Old 10/12/2007, 08:55 AM
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do you think that 17lbs of livr rock is to much for a 125galon tank
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Old 10/12/2007, 09:00 AM
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oh and what would you suggest for the grace period and i dont have a canister filter i only have a sump can i use this
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Old 10/12/2007, 09:42 AM
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I think that 175 lbs is fine the more the better as long as your leaving enough room for fish to swim...

As far as a grace period I would just test your parameters to see if anything starts to happen as far as ammonia or nitrates going up...

Yes you can use a sump only just run some carbon in there to help you keep the water clean.
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Old 10/12/2007, 11:58 PM
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thanks for your help i will try this and let you know how it went
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Old 10/13/2007, 12:38 AM
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Since, its a new tank without any livestock. I would cure in the main tank. You will have a strong cycle, which is great to have....
I put 140 lbs of cured LR in my new tank and never had a cycle. From reading other posts this can sometimes happen but it's not usual. It's been nearly two months and Ammonia and Nitrites never went above 0. I even tried to start a cycle with some shrimp and never saw and rise in the levels. Don't be surprised or alarmed if this happens.
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