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post #1 of 18 Old 03-29-2012, 03:06 AM Thread Starter
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I have currently cycled my 75g brackish aquarium. I was wondering if I could start adding live rock (which would be from a not so LFS) to my aquarium over the months to take over the filtration. Is live rock as effective at lower salinity levels? The LFS has the live rock stored, of course, at a marine level salinity. Would I have to do any acclimation procedures if the live rock would work? My whole goal is to eventually, after I tire of the brackish scene, turn the tank fully marine. This of course will be years away, but the addition of live rock will be much sooner if I can get some of these questions answered. Any feedback will be greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 18 Old 03-30-2012, 01:26 AM Thread Starter
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post #3 of 18 Old 03-31-2012, 11:15 AM
Sure you can start adding the rock to your system. They will grow a different bacteria than full marine, so your tank will go through a small cycle as you added the rock. I'd add it all at once to get the cycle started and over with.
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post #4 of 18 Old 04-01-2012, 02:16 PM
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Sure you can start adding the rock to your system. They will grow a different bacteria than full marine, so your tank will go through a small cycle as you added the rock. I'd add it all at once to get the cycle started and over with.
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post #5 of 18 Old 04-03-2012, 03:12 AM Thread Starter
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Can I add just a little at a time and avoid the bigger cycle and slowly wean my filters off once I've added the entire amount of base rock?
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post #6 of 18 Old 04-03-2012, 04:17 AM
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Can I add just a little at a time and avoid the bigger cycle and slowly wean my filters off once I've added the entire amount of base rock?

you can but every time you add will make level's rise a bit.
best to do is add as much as you can in 1 go.
and throw in 2 king prawns form asda etc and let them rotas the bottom of tank for 3/4 wks...
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Can I add just a little at a time and avoid the bigger cycle and slowly wean my filters off once I've added the entire amount of base rock?
Sure you can, if thats the way you want to do it. Theres no harm in doing it that way. Still can't add anything until the Ammonia and Nitrites are 0.
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post #8 of 18 Old 04-03-2012, 12:35 PM Thread Starter
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That's what I'm wondering, if it will raise the levels if I add just a few pounds at a time. The tank I want to do this with already has residents.
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post #9 of 18 Old 04-03-2012, 08:43 PM
No, it won't should't raise it enough to be an issue just putting in a bit at a time.
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post #10 of 18 Old 04-04-2012, 01:56 AM Thread Starter
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Ok, that sounds like the plan then! Although it doesn't have as many residents as I thought :( The missing flounder has revealed itself as to what looks like a chewed on scab. 2 out of my 3 bumblebee gobies have disappeared completely. I put the puzzle together as yesterday my dragon goby was looking a little bloated :/
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