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TheVillageIdiot
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PostPosted: 2005.04.21(Thu)7:27    Post subject: Curing Live Rock Reply with quote

how bad and how long will it stink?

a protien skimmer will def. help, correct?

I'd appreciate any suggestions...

Note: I plan on curing it in the main tank, as it will be the only thing (besides base rock) in the main tank (fish will spend a minimum of 2-4 weeks in a QT before being introduced into the main tank)... I'm assuming that after a few weeks w/ good filtration and lots of water changes (20-30%weekly enough? too much?) the smell should subside...

that's my basic plan... good idea? bad idea? please let me know your thoughts and make any suggestions...
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PostPosted: 2005.04.22(Fri)18:07    Post subject: Reply with quote

Curing inside the tank is easy if the following is in place.

Good Protien Skimming
No Substrate
Good filtration and Aeration.
Water Changes 20-30% Weekly.
No to very Little Lighting.

I say no substrate because its much easier to siphon off debris.
Also You can use light but it will take much longer
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PostPosted: 2005.04.26(Tue)22:12    Post subject: Reply with quote

since I live +- 2.5 hours from the gulf of mexico, I've been thinking of running down to the coast and seeing if I could get any rock there, versus paying $8-10 per lb. I'd need to cure any live rock I could bring home before placing it in the tank, yes? and by filter, do you mean bio-filter, or cartridge type deal? thanks in advance!
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PostPosted: 2005.04.27(Wed)7:33    Post subject: Reply with quote

be careful, there are a lot of legality issues to consider when you start taking things out of the ocean... make sure you check w/ the local authorities before you do any grabbing...
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PostPosted: 2005.04.27(Wed)19:47    Post subject: Reply with quote

yes I agree, If its confiscated no problem but fines can add up and you might be thinking of Paying instead of taking.
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PostPosted: 2005.04.27(Wed)19:48    Post subject: Reply with quote

Filter?? If your tank is cycled leave your bio-Filter running and make sure that you have excellent skimming to get rid of most waste
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PostPosted: 2005.05.13(Fri)8:25    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah, you are gonna want to have your water nitrogen cycled before you start curing things. Go with no substrate as suggested before, or very little at the most to help clean off debris that will fall off of the rock. you don't really need lighting but it doesn't hurt. Mine were already on timer before I sttarted curing live rock in my last tank. Also, Make sure your protein skimmer is working strong. As for aeration of the tank, just put in a couple of powerheads, one that works on disturbing the surface, and another directed at the live rock itself
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