Uncured live rock good or bad idea

Discussion in 'Biological/Natural Filtration and Deep Sand Beds' started by Philip.Cloete, 22 Dec 2011.

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    Hey I am looking in bying some liverock I still need alot of rock, about 100 kg so I am trying out the best and cheapest way to do this

    My question is this will it work out cheaper to get uncured lr and cure it or will it cost the same with all water changes nesasarry ect

    If uncured is a cheaper way to go where does one get hold of the rock
     
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    Here in Cpt very few shops that I am aware of sell cured and uncured rock at different prices. Often what is sold as cured is rock which has only been in the country for at most a week.
    I would recommend u treat all rock as uncured in a new system. Also keep an eye on the for sale forums here on MASA
     
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    Ditto ivan
     
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    The thing with live rock is that as soon as it is removed from water (even for 15 seconds) most of the sponges will die and the live rock will essentially become uncured (to a certain degree). My advice would be to buy uncured live rock and then let your tank cycle. The die off will provide food for the bacteria and you will have a higher bacteria load in your tank when you start adding fish. It might take longer to cycle but the micro life you acquire from uncured rock will be well worth it.
     
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