Curing Live Rock

Discussion in 'Biological/Natural Filtration and Deep Sand Beds' started by Andreas, 15 May 2008.

  1. Andreas

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    Hi guys

    I was wondering whether you could use normal tap water to cure rock and is it ok if no skimmer is used?

    The reason for asking is that I have some rock that I want to put in a 250l drum and filling it with NSW is going to be a hassle?
     
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  3. Alan

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    No, dont do that as you will kill everything in the rock, must be salt water and is best cured when skimmed.
     
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    If you use tap water, you will not only kill all the bacteria etc (as Alan said) but the rock will absorb all the nasties in the water.
     
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    Treat the rock as if it is in your tank, just don't put food in it. Some people do it with lights on others say lights off, that it up to you. If you have some good coralline growth on it you may want to use lights.
     
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    get a big plastic container, put rocks in it with allot of strong powerheads and allot of airstones, do waterchange evry now and then until the rock smells like ocean and not like shit. Then u will be shorted.good luck
    (no skimmer is needed)
     
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    Andreas is this the same rock from my old setup?and agree with what all the guys said.
     
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    Andreas - I would perhaps suggest that you rather use the term "cooking" the live rock, instead of "curing". "Cooking" live rock means placing the live rock in a tank on it's own - with low light (that no nuisance algae grows, and ANY that might be on the rock dies off), with NO nutrients being fed to the container, that the bacteria in the water/rock can multiply and actually really working on breaking down the detritus within the live rock. This process could take anything between 4 to 6 weeks....
     
  9. Andreas

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    yip it is.thanks for all the responses!:)

    looks like i have some water to go and collect:(
     
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    btw how often should i do water changes, keeping in mind that I dont have a skimmer that will be removing the shit?
     
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    about 10%-20% every 5 days
     
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