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Old 06/24/2017, 04:12 AM   #26
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I am currently cycling a dead rock, how long do you reckon this process will last? i have a little coralline algae growth, but thats about it.

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Old 07/12/2017, 05:12 PM   #27
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Is it cool if i cure my dry rock on my apartment patio(it's consistently in the 80's-90's F*)? This stuff is really starting to stink! Another question- i bought 10lbs of aquamax dry pukani rock, but i'm only curing half of it in distilled water with a pump and heater. Since my ro/di system didn't come in it, i figured i would only cure what i'm going to use. How long can i expect the rocks to be completely clean? Can i use a phosphate or phosphorous tester along with the other tests to determine when the rocks are ready?

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Old 07/27/2017, 08:44 AM   #28
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Thanks for a useful information about rocks. I didn't new that!

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Old 08/17/2017, 07:00 AM   #29
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Old 08/19/2017, 09:26 AM   #30
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Old 09/16/2017, 07:34 AM   #31
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Old 09/22/2017, 06:49 PM   #32
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Originally Posted by Sk8r View Post
2) live-but-barely rock suffered in shipping or came from a troubled tank. THIS I would ‘tub’ in the dark in 80 degree 1.024 salinity agitated salt water for two months before use. This will pretty well kill off nastiness and leave you with brown bare rock. You can use a Rubbermaid Brute trash can or something with a garbage can liner, and just give it a heater and a fairly strong pump. Eheims are good small workhorses and can later serve as a salt mixing pump or water-change pump. Or you can use what will be your sump skimmer: just let it do this job. However—if your skimmer isn’t really moving the water, you need a more potent pump. You don’t want dead spots in the circulation. Do water changes weekly and also test your water to be sure it’s staying at 1.024. Test for phosphate a day after water change and if you’re getting a reading despite the water changes, you might as well start running GFO in a reactor right now. The water changes will ordinarily be enough.
I'm starting from scratch. How much pukani do you think could fit in a 55g can? Also, what size pump would I need?

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Old 09/24/2017, 05:27 AM   #33
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Hello and thank you for all of this wonderful information. I am about 12 hours into my tub and have a foolish noob question. Where do you measure the salinity at? I'm set up with 80 lbs in a 32 or 34 gal brute garbage can. I've got my sump pump on bottom with a hose on the outlet blasting water at the top and a power head midway down, each about 1/3 of the way around the bin. I do have a used sump and line and failed to rinse it. If I measure the salinity at the top or about 2/3 of the way down I get one reading but if I measure it from what's coming out of the hose I get a much higher reading. Reading right where the water comes out rather than blasting water into the hygrometer gave me the same reading as the rest of the tub. Any thoughts? Thank you again.

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Old 09/25/2017, 04:45 PM   #34
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Old 10/24/2017, 07:46 AM   #35
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Another noob here, setting up my first saltwater tank

Tank drilled 300 gal
sumps 100 gallon combination of 3 sumps

currently running as freshwater.

i have been doing freshwater for about 5 years and finally decided a couple months ago to go into a reef setup

got the water changing station with RODI and 2 tanks .

here is my question

Starting with BRS 250 lbs of Pukani dry rock, have been reading about the PO4 leaching out and crazy algee grownth. i took out out as many live sponges and any other suff i found on the pukani, then power washed the rock. let it soak in bleach 20:1 solution for 3 days. then soked in clean water for two days. its drying now. now im planning on putting it in circulating salt water using hw salt for about 3 months. do you guys think i will be ok doing this method. i really dont want to mess around with acid as its scares me a bit.

what salinity should i keep the rock while curing for max bacteria production
what temp ?
i will be using all rodi water
i also plan on adding a couple pieces of live rock that i picked up from a local fishstore that i have in my 40 g quarentene tank that i setup up last week.

how do i know if the live rock from the LFS has no pests. been watching it for a week and see nothing so far ? should i treat it for pests before mixing it with my pukani in curing bins ? any advice on dipping or pest prevention from you experts. As i stated its my first salt water tank and i'm trying to do it the right way.

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