Seeding Bio Rock

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  1. Goby

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    Hi all reefers.

    I am in the process of planning and setting up my marine aquarium, but unfortunately it won't happen this year. :( I am moving the end of the year and i see no point in starting the tank now and by the time it has cycled i have to move. It just won't work and i think i'll be spilling time and money down the drain.

    Just to start doing something towards my tank, I thought it might be a great idea to start seeding some bio rock. Quality live rock is expensive, especially if you want to go fiji and if you need quantity. I know that nothing can replace the real thing but i'll be happy to spare the environment and save myself a few bucks.

    So i'm thinking of getting a few pieces of quality fiji rock along with plenty bio rock.

    I want to get a plastic tub and place the rock in there.

    What do i need to get this process started and do you think that the bio rock will be seeded by the end of this year? It will be 5 month's till december.

    IS this a good idea or will i waste time and money?
     
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  3. Broder

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    Definitely not a waste. Just get some flow into the tub. It might be a good idea to get your dsb up running as well, if you can move it later without disturbing it. That would really give you a head-start.
     
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    Sounds like a great plan!
     
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    Would you need a heater in the bucket also? Also how long would this take and what signs do you look for?
     
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    Should speed up the cycle of the tank.
    Just put your heaters in there, some waterflow, no need to be hectic, some lights over the tub. If you do the sump and DSB as well, connected to the tub, you might even not have a cycle when you eventually put up your tank. Unless you then add other Live Rocks.

    Another good thing, you will find all unwanted hitchhikers and remove them.
     
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    I'm going to get a plastic tub and 2x power heads for flow.

    Do i need to run the skimmer and heater?
     
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    I would run the skimmer and have the temperature at the correct 25 degrees! with salinity and also do water changes...just not as often as with a normal tank!
     
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    Riaan, do i need to run lights? Is there any advantages? Is it a must to run the skimmer?
     
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    Will it be a good idea if i mixed various live rock with the bio rock. some fiji with kenya. will it give me nicer looking rock? Then i can name it finya rock :)
     
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    Temperature should be above 18c. Just let nature take it's course if you want to keep it simple. You want the rocks to get colonised buy bacteria, so you won't really see anything.
     
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    lights would def help with your coraline algea growth
     
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    Skimmer would be nice, but not a requirement. Lights would also help with coraline algae, and to help find pests, but also not a requirement.

    You may want to test for ammonia occationally. A cheap Seachem Ammonia Alert would be perfect. You will also need to do water changes once in a while.

    You could even throw in some Chaeto to help with water quality and start a good pod population.
     
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    I like Anemones advice about the cheato. Obviously, then you would need light.
     
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    Yes, light would be required, but doesn't have to be an aquarium/coral light. I use a cheap light that I bought at the hardware store, and use a low energy bulb.
     
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    Also you would need light incase you get some nice hitch hikers corals, wouldn't they just die off if their wasn't any light...
     
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    this sounds like a great idea, I'm also waiting to set up my tank, will be a few weeks as a mate is welding the frame for me as a favour but he's quite busy... think i might just get the sump running myself :)
     
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    Thanks to all for the gr8 input thus far.... much appreciated!!

    I think in 5 months time i will have some nice rock.

    Just to confirm, if i want coraline algae growth, do i need to use aquarium light or will normal energy saver do the trick. Also if i find nice hitch hikers corals will the normal energy savers work?? (I think not as it requires special lights?)
     
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    Were can i buy some bio rock and what is the going rate per kilo. Also if anyone can give me an answer on my previous question about the lights.
     
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    As far as i know some decently powered energy saver globes will b ok to keep simple corals alive and maybe get some coraline algae going. Go for the biggest u can.
     
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    Thanks Fishy Steve.
     
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