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Offline Daniel

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Curing Live Rock
« on: March 18, 2011, 05:17:05 am »
Does anyone have any hints or tricks on curing new live rock, i'm going to be ordering mine for the new tank this weekend and wanted to get some input from everyone.

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Re: Curing Live Rock
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2011, 07:37:34 am »
Patience...lots of patience.

flow around rock, steady temps, skimmer, photo period to promote algae...wait..wait..wait...
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Re: Curing Live Rock
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2011, 08:33:02 am »
some recommend adding a frozen shrimp to give the water a bit of a bioload to help get things started.  Several club members have done exactly as Ed mentioned with a single frozen shrimp dropped in at the very beginning and had very good results.

I think a water change after a couple weeks of roughly 50% is recommended as well - Ed, do you have an opinion on that?  I've always started from live rock that was ready to drop in and use, so can't really pull up that memory file at the moment.  :p

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Re: Curing Live Rock
« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2011, 09:46:49 am »
I never heard of using light to promote algae. Is the skimmer needed , I don't have a spare one and would hate to buy a small one just for the rock and i'll never use it again.

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Re: Curing Live Rock
« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2011, 11:04:50 am »
You do not need a skimmer.  It helps. 

Light is nice if you have rock already in the tank.  You speed things up by algae dying and then regrowing with new lights.
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Re: Curing Live Rock
« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2011, 11:52:28 am »
It just going to sit in the garage for 6-8 weeks i've read that it will take to cure. I don't even have the tank drilled yet or other parts i'm going to need. Will it hurt at all if i leave it in longer than the 6-8 weeks if something else comes up and I don't have the basic stuff to get a tank up and running?

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Re: Curing Live Rock
« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2011, 07:51:58 pm »
This is what I was thinking of getting from reefcleaners: http://reefcleaners.org/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage-ask.tpl&product_id=135&category_id=15&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=34

Or I'll get it at BRS: http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/store/brs-reef-saver-dry-aquarium-eco-rock.html

If I do get the rock from BRS and someone wants anything from there please let me know I'll add it to my order.

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Re: Curing Live Rock
« Reply #7 on: March 21, 2011, 08:52:28 am »
I'm going to be ordering from them for a Jumbo GFO reactor.  I'm a preferred customer with them, so if you want, I can get you a price on the rock compared to what you would pay if you order.  Let me know, I'm happy to do the order for your rock along with my reactor (reactor alone is $119, so we'd be pretty close to the free shipping - I'm sure your rock would put it over the top).

As for the rock sitting longer, just keep doing the water changes and keep flow and heat on it and you should be fine.

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Re: Curing Live Rock
« Reply #8 on: March 21, 2011, 09:33:34 am »
That would be great Nate, just let me know when you need the money and place the order and i'll find a way to meet up with you.

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Re: Curing Live Rock
« Reply #9 on: March 21, 2011, 09:49:00 am »
Dan,

How much are you looking for?  According to my cost schedule, I get 1-49 lbs for $2.38 per pound, or 50+ lbs for $2.32 per pound.  Not a ton of savings, but every little bit adds up!

As for payment, pay when it comes in is fine, I trust you.  I'll be putting it on a credit card anyway, so won't be due until next month.

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Re: Curing Live Rock
« Reply #10 on: March 21, 2011, 09:54:32 am »
Would 60 be fine for a 55 or should I get a little more??

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Re: Curing Live Rock
« Reply #11 on: March 21, 2011, 09:58:03 am »
60 is fine for a 55 - minimum recommended is usually 1 lb per gal.  More is better to a point though.  As a comparisson, we have 40-50 lbs in a 29 gal.  I think we have close to 450 lbs in the 270, with more in the fuge and sump as well.  Now, that tank has a total volume of ~400 gallons as well when you factor in all the pipes/reactors/sump/fuge/etc.

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Re: Curing Live Rock
« Reply #12 on: March 21, 2011, 10:15:14 am »
60 will be ok for now i'll add some more later before I move over everything.

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Re: Curing Live Rock
« Reply #13 on: March 21, 2011, 10:20:43 am »
OK, 60lbs it is.  That comes up to $139.20 - so we are in the range of free shipping without a doubt.  Unless you are in a huge hurry, I will hold the order until Friday to see if anyone else wants anything.  Let me know if want it quicker than that.  If you are good with that - I'll put up a stand-alone post for the order.

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Re: Curing Live Rock
« Reply #14 on: March 21, 2011, 10:22:34 am »
nope i got all the time i don't even have the tank drilled or any other parts, tring to find someone or somewhere locally that will drill the tank under 30 bucks a hole.
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