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Old 02/03/2011, 01:41 PM   #4
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Location: Louisville, KY
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I had rock cooking in the basement for about the last 2 weeks with no heater, the water averaged around 65*, maybe even colder on some nights. I didnt notice a smell that most people talk about with cooking rock. fwiw, I did find a very large turbo snail in the rubber maid container, he must have been hidden down deep in the rock. Anyways, he was fine with no heater. I did pull him and thrown him back in the main tank.

so I decided to go ahead and put a heater in it last week, and I have noticed that I am starting to get the cooking rock smell. Maybe coincidence, maybe the bacteria needed the heat to get them really moving.

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Current Tank Info: 60x26x24 AGE 3 sided starphire
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