08-03-2011, 11:02 AM
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Originally Posted by onefish2fish
i dont think the water carries much of any, if any benificial bacteria. it could however carry disease, like free swimming ich.
IMO taking it slow and patiently is the best way to have a saltwater tank. nothing good comes fast.
i suggest looking into a RO/DI unit, a bucket of salt ( pick one and stick with it ) an extra powerhead, and a bucket/food safe container to make your own saltwater 24 hours in advance. the RO water will also come in handy for topping off any water that evaporated ( salt doesnt evap ) and in time the expense of the RO unit pays for itself. afterall, if things are done right this is a long term hobby.
after pre-mixing your saltwater 24 hours in advance, test the salinity with a refractometer. fill your tank. now if you get fully cured live rock you shouldnt see much, if any of a cycle. this doesnt mean go out and get your rock with your fish. i would keep just the rock in the tank atleast a week or two to monitor your levels. then add a small clean up crew. then wait another week or two, test levels, and add your first QT'd fish.
if its dry rock, this will take about 2 months to cure and turn live, before you can start to add your clean up crew.
I agree. Never can be to sure about fully cured live rock. Its best to wait a week or so, testing the params to make cure they are not going to spike on you.