View Full Version : cured live rock

09-29-2008, 9:14 AM
I'm setting up a new tank, and I purchased 110# of cured live rock from someone getting out of the hobby and put into my 75g yesterday. I took a vat of salt water with me and kept the rock in the water for the ride home. Once home, I laid the rock out in front of the aquarium for 30 minutes tops, but it stayed moist. I was hoping to avoid die-off, and hopefully was successful.

I ran my skimmer for a while last night, and will run it some more this week. I have the circulation pump running continuously. I will do a 20% water change in 4-5 days, and after that as needed. I won't be adding any livestock (with the exception of a possible CUC) for several weeks.

Other than the water change, what else can I do to be proactive and increase my odds of reducing algae and unwanted critters, etc.? What tests do I need to be performing?

Thanks for any input and suggestions.

Ralph ATL
09-29-2008, 10:19 AM
sounds like a great plan!
just test for ammonia, trites, trates for now.

09-29-2008, 10:20 AM
Leave the skimmer on. Otherwise the plan is good.

09-29-2008, 12:07 PM
I would pick up a product that is made by Seachem called Stability and dose it very liberally to the tank. It helps with the cycle and since you will only have a mini cycle it should really do a great job. I never turn my skimmer off and I would suggest picking up a NICE testing kit the first time. I am so far in with API (still a good brand) that its gonna be years until I have run low enough to justify the AWESOMENESS of Elos test kits. Best of luck!