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PostPosted: Thu May 11, 2006 9:50 am Post subject: Live Rock - Care Reply with quote

 IAHittes
 
 Tnk  dimensions  -  42"x12"x15"  =  32.73G
 
 Got  2"  avg  high  crushed  coral  gravel,  25kgs  base  rock,  4kgs  LR
 
 Query  on  LR  -  
 
 I  procured  my  LRs  from  Crawford  Mkt.  The  LR  were  in  his  tank  for  more  than  1  month  (claims  so).  Since  my  tank  is  admist  cycling,  i  put  it  in  my  tank  directly.
 I  wanted  to  get  this  mystery  cleared.  I  do  not  see  any  Live  organisms  creeping  out  of  the  the  said  LR.  Forgive  my  ignorance  ,  but  can  someone  tell  me  if  the  LR  will  ever  go  live...as  in  i  heard  that  orgs  creep  out  and  stuff  like  that....Considering  my  tank  height  15"  only  currenly  i  hv  my  regular  Hitachi  20W  tube  ,  i  hv  ordered  for  the  10000Kelvin  Tube  which  will  arrive  in  a  few  days.  What  would  be  the  Light  requirement  and  what  shud  i  add  to  water  to  get  the  Life  in  the  LR...Pls  be  simple  language  and  elaborative  as  am  still  a  newbie
 
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 As  long  as  your  LRs  have  lots  of  holes,  fire  worms  and  juv  serpant  stars  are  likely  to  be  still  alive,  even  if  least  care  has  been  taken.  Best  way  of  finding  it  out  will  be  to  switch  on  any  distant  light  source  during  the  night  and  observe  the  rocks.  
 
 No  life  forms  can  either  be  due  to  wrong  methods  of  transportation  or  exposing  them  to  reef  unsafe  fish  or  very  poor  water  conditions  or  a  possible  mantis  shrimp  that  could  have  come  along  with  the  rock.
 
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 any  further  help  /  suggestion  /  questions  to  elaborate  further.
 
 heard  about  additives  too...which  are  the  absoltuely  must  additives
 
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 You  did  not  mention  anything  about  having  a  skimmer.  As  for  the  care,  some  people  suggest  the  all-in-one  Purple-Up  by  Caribsea,  i  think.
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 Hitster,
 From  what  I  ve  understood  in  your  other  posts,  you  ve  got  only  base  rock.  To  get  that  to  turn  into  LR  you  ve  got  to  seed  it  with  actual  LR  which  usually  has  coralline,  polyps  etc  etc  on  it.  
 Purple    Up  is  the  feed  for  the  LR  and  can  be  used  once  you  get  some  life  on  it.
 LR  in  itself  doesn't  require  additives  -  the  organisms  on  the  LR  will  require  additives,  and  you  can't  be  sure  what  to  feed  unless  you  can  identify  it  first.
 
 Post  some  photos  so  we  can  see  what's  in  your  tank  and  then  maybe  we  can  help  you.
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 Hi  guys,
 
 On  the  same  note  as  above,
 Do  yo  think  all  the  small  Crustaceans  and  inverts  will  remain  alive  in  the  live  rock  if  the  rocks  have  been  removed  out  of  water  during  transportation  ?
 
 If  not  will  they  re-colonise  
 
 I  had  the  same  question  ,  other  than  coralline  algae  and  polyps  how  do  you  know  they  are  live  rocks  ?
 
 
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 @rahulk,
 
 The  live  creatures  on  the  rocks  won't  die  easily,  as  long  as  they  are  transported  wet  and  cool,  even  without  water.  This  is  because  the  rocks  are  porous  and  can  remain  moist  upto  the  core,  due  to  the  natural  capillary  action.
 
 Live  rock  can  bring  down  the  cycling  time,  if  it's  really  live.
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 Live  Rock
 
 
 
 Base  Rock  
 
 
 
 Ideally  you  should  get  hitchhikers  on  the  LR.  But  you  can  and  should  add  some  cleanup  crew  when  the  tank  is  up  and  running.
 
 Mods,  pics  are  hotlinked  so  I  take  it  no  problems  there?
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 Hi  there,
 Mind  telling  us  how  much  you  paid  for  the  live  rock?
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 I  do  have  skimmer  (Orca)  which  is  doing  a  pretty  good  job.  I  had  base  rocks  but  recently  got  4  kgs  of  LR  (  3  pieces  )  from  Crawford  mkt.
 They  are  semi  soft  (not  hard  like  base  rocks)  white  calcium  like  material  covered  with  patches  of  colors  like  pinkish  /  purplish  etc
 The  LR  was    in  the  tank  of  the  LFS  for  over  a  month....
 
 now  i  guess  i  dont  see  any  live  organsisms  except  for  bacteria  which  it  may  have.
 
 so  what  do  i  do  inorder  that  the  creatures  start  showing  up?  heard  about  featherdusters  etc  showing  up...!!
 
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 I  had  just  been  to  a  lfs,  he  had  crushed  coral  sand  and  i  could  see  lots  of  small  Crustaceans  moving  around  ,  the  live  rock  he  had  were  not  as  spectacular  as  pradeep's  but  had  lot  of  corraline  algae  and  feather  dusters  on  it  ,
 
 YEAH!    Thumbs Up  now  i  know  where  i  can  get  a  seed  for  live  sand  (long  term  plan  to  set  up  marine  tank  Sad  )
 
 
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 does  it  look  like  this?
 
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 aqua,
 
 my  LR  looks  like  that  except  that  the  colors  are  not  as  bright  and  not  all  over  the  LR  but  in  some  spots.
 
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 Hi  Aquascapes,
             Bingo!    very  very  similar  to  the  pic  you  posted.
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rahulk  wrote:                
I  had  just  been  to  a  lfs,  he  had  crushed  coral  sand  and  i  could  see  lots  of  small  Crustaceans  moving  around  ,  the  live  rock  he  had  were  not  as  spectacular  as  pradeep's  but  had  lot  of  corraline  algae  and  feather  dusters  on  it  ,
 
 YEAH!    Thumbs Up  now  i  know  where  i  can  get  a  seed  for  live  sand  (long  term  plan  to  set  up  marine  tank  Sad  )
 
 
 Thanks  and  regards  
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 Rahul,  
 Thats  not  my  LR  ,  just  grabbed  the  pics  off  the  net.  
 Which  LFS  did  you  go  to?
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