10-24-2008, 03:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Marinero
Hi everyone, I just joined your site, although I have been reading for the past couple of weeks. I have gotten some great info, but I am confused about live rock. I am in the process of setting up a 75 gallon tank with an overflow going down to a wet/dry, refugium filtration set up. The tank will also have a protein skimmer. I plan on adding about 100-125 lbs of Live Rock in the tank, and some live rock rubble in the refugium. However, should the live rock be cured, or uncured? I have heard pros and cons for both, but what is the general consensus? What types and what suppliers of LR have most people had success with? Also, when should the LR be added? Although I had a marine aquarium about 15 years ago, I never used LR, only a wet/dry sump. Basically the tank will be for Fish only, and maybe a few compatible inverts. Thanks in advance for all your help, and thanks for welcoming me on your great site!
If you can pick up the rock locally cured do that. You'll get less die off that way as the rock has been kept live for a while. Your tank will cycle much faster as well. Uncured is fresh live rock that will have quite a bit of die off. Basically you want to put a the sand bed in if you are going to use one, fill the tank with with premixed salt water or just RO/DI water and add salt, get your pumps and powerheads running. Let it heat and circulate for a couple days. When the water temp and salinity is good you can add the live rock. Then your cycle can begin. Some people like to cycle fishless and add shrimp or other food to decay and start the cycle I still prefer to use a damsels.