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Offline micki

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Re: Dry Rock
« Reply #60 on: May 30, 2011, 08:16:32 »
Not sure if this would apply to anyone right now. If you are switching to a new tank and starting out with all new "dead" sand while still using the same water and rick that was in your existing tank there is a way to seed the sand easily.  Take  two stockings put some live sand crushed coral whatever, put about 1 cup in each one tie a knot in each one.  Place one at one end of the tank and the other at the other end of the tank.  Leave them there for two weeks then throw them away.  Poof, seeded sand!  I did this when I upgraded from my 55 to 125, made the switch all in one day and put all the coral and fish in the same day no problems at all!

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Re: Dry Rock
« Reply #61 on: May 30, 2011, 08:37:13 »
Thanks for the tip!  :-ThumbUpsm

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Re: Dry Rock
« Reply #62 on: May 30, 2011, 10:28:34 »
I figure my live coarse sand will seed the play sand... my only question would be can i take that dry rock and throw it inthe tank with the live and add the fish and corals? or would I have to wait for the dry rock to cycle?

The only worry I have is I read dry rock can harbor dead organisms that still release ammonia and nitrites back into the tank
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Re: Dry Rock
« Reply #63 on: May 30, 2011, 11:22:04 »
I figure my live coarse sand will seed the play sand... my only question would be can i take that dry rock and throw it inthe tank with the live and add the fish and corals? or would I have to wait for the dry rock to cycle?

The only worry I have is I read dry rock can harbor dead organisms that still release ammonia and nitrites back into the tank

As long as the rock is completely clean, you could add at the same time.   Typically rock has some dead stuff on it, in which case when you add it to your tank, it can cause a mini cycle. 

For that matter if you add too many fish at the same time, you can cause a cycle too.   Anytime your decaying material is more than your nitrifying bacteria, you tank will do a mini cycle while the bacteria builds up to deal with the decay.

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Re: Dry Rock
« Reply #64 on: May 30, 2011, 13:33:20 »
I figure my live coarse sand will seed the play sand... my only question would be can i take that dry rock and throw it inthe tank with the live and add the fish and corals? or would I have to wait for the dry rock to cycle?

The only worry I have is I read dry rock can harbor dead organisms that still release ammonia and nitrites back into the tank

If you're mixing the course and sand you're fine.  I had crushed coral in mine before and wanted to get rid of that look to have smooth sand.  As for the rock...One thing you could do is soak it in bleach water and dechlorinate like 4 times after that.  I've done that before.  As for if it will cycle, I think it might depend on how much live rock you have to start with and how much you are going to add.  If you are going to use your current tank water as part of the new set up water.  I have rinsed the dry rock with RO water and added it to my tank or sump with no problems, but, I didn't add a ton at one time and I have a bigger water amount which can make a difference.  jmho

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Re: Dry Rock
« Reply #65 on: May 30, 2011, 15:15:21 »
I have 65# of live rock, and 51 dry rock... I can use my existing water as I just did a change and it is clean for the most part.
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Re: Dry Rock
« Reply #66 on: May 30, 2011, 20:57:12 »
I would think it would be fine.

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Re: Dry Rock
« Reply #67 on: May 31, 2011, 07:19:56 »
I would think it would be fine.
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