Question about Live Rock

Discussion in 'Biological/Natural Filtration and Deep Sand Beds' started by Fishfood, 26 Jul 2009.

  1. Fishfood

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    Hi
    Just bought myself some extra lighting and a few small pieces of live rock that I was going to add to my filter.
    Think I must be really tired from last night - came home put the lights in - was so happy with them I fogot about my live rock which was in a plastic bag with no water.
    SO now about one and a half hours later I remember about it.
    I hope I didn't go and kill all the life on it - is it safe now to put in my filter and will all the bacteria still be alive?
    Weird question I know but I don't want to make my tank unstable
     
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    silly mistake....take care of the living before the dead! :) But i should think you will be fine, there will be some die off from that, but not too much I hope, your other filtrations should be able to handle the increased bio load, but do some regular tests for the first week just to make sure.


    how much established LR do you have in there already?
     
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    Very stupid - about 15kg in the tank - filter has bioballs and siporax (about a handful of each only) which are going to come out as the live rock comes in.
     
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    15kg, and how much new LR are you adding?

    15 sounds quite low to be honest, you MUST watch parameters, i read you had a tank disaster recently, but ive been away so not sure what happened? just watch parameters to see that you dont have huge spikes. If so you will need to do water changes, so make sure you have RO and salt available too :)
     
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    15kg is quite a lot for my size tank - its only 150l
    I've only added about another 700g.
    didn't lose anything from my disaster - had no spikes and no losses although at one time my inhabitants didn't look to happy.
    Everything looking happy now and tank has stabilised - then I go and do this!
    LR was still wet so I'm hoping that there won't be too much die off.
    Will definitely do tests over the coming days but I have a feeling that with it being only a small quantity added my system will handle it.Wouldn't take that risk if it was a few KG's
     
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    I'm no expert, but I think you should have around 35 kg's of live rock or so. A ratio of 1 kg rock to 4 liters of water.
     
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    If I have 35kg of live rock there'll be nowhere for my fish to swim! ;)
    Seriously have a look at my pics in the new members section - you'll see it's quite full in the display tank.
    I'm slowly replacing the bioballs and siporax in my filter with LR.
     
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