live rock waiting game

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live rock waiting game

Post by Hillehaus » Fri May 15, 2015 8:20 am

Finally got all of my equipment, my stand built/stained/set up, and purchased my live rock. Waiting for live rock to cure sure is exhilarating. Sooo....close...

Hopefully in 1-2 months the little guy/gal will finally be in the new home.

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Re: live rock waiting game

Post by Arny » Fri May 15, 2015 9:40 am

What puffer are you going to get?

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Re: live rock waiting game

Post by Hillehaus » Fri May 15, 2015 9:52 am

I've got a GSP who is living at 1.018sg at the moment. I've been setting up a marine tank for it since around February. Finally got all the pieces together, now it is in the final stretch.

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Re: live rock waiting game

Post by Arny » Fri May 15, 2015 10:59 am

Cool, you must be excited :)

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Re: live rock waiting game

Post by Welch4 » Fri May 15, 2015 12:32 pm

I couldn't waiting to get to full salt once I started moving up the brackish levels. Really fun. I probably scan my live rock as much as my puff love watching what comes out of it.
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Re: live rock waiting game

Post by Hillehaus » Fri May 15, 2015 5:07 pm

I am very excited. I probably have 3-4 more weeks left until it's habitable though. I've waited this long, a little longer won't kill me (Well...physically kill me). Plus I want to get my GSP out of its 29g so it has more breathing room.

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Re: live rock waiting game

Post by Hillehaus » Sat May 16, 2015 12:27 pm

Pretty much all i've been doing is staring at the rocks looking for critters. So far i have one mollusk that appears like it will survive, a few feather dusters and 3 anenomes (though i'm not sure if they're pests or not). Is anyone good at identifying them? I snapped some pictures.

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Re: live rock waiting game

Post by Pufferpunk » Sat May 16, 2015 12:44 pm

Moat likely those are aptasia anemones & will sting & tank over your tank. A pic would help.
You are getting sleepy... you only hear the sound of my voice... you must do water changes... water changes... water changes... water changes...

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Re: live rock waiting game

Post by Hillehaus » Sat May 16, 2015 1:31 pm

Here are the pics:
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Re: live rock waiting game

Post by Pufferpunk » Sat May 16, 2015 2:54 pm

Yep--aptasia.
You are getting sleepy... you only hear the sound of my voice... you must do water changes... water changes... water changes... water changes...

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Re: live rock waiting game

Post by Hillehaus » Sat May 16, 2015 3:09 pm

Thanks! Time to get started on eradication I suppose.

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Re: live rock waiting game

Post by Hillehaus » Wed May 20, 2015 6:41 pm

Aiptasia zapped. Thanks for the help ID'ing them. I'll keep on the lookout for more.

Ammonia: 0.25 (was 4 on Monday)
Nitrite: 2.0 (was 0 on Monday)
Nitrate: 20 (was 0 on Monday)

So....close...I think the tank has turned a corner and the live rock is keeping up with the die-off. Also, I noticed a bunch of feather dusters today. Life!!!

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Re: live rock waiting game

Post by itlagswrx » Sun Jun 07, 2015 9:42 pm

How's the tank cycling going?

Mine took two weeks on the dot to cycle. I used mostly dry rock with a little bit of live rock to see, and live aragonite sand. I was pretty lucky that go around. It took longer for my FW tank to cycle. I know the anticipation can be a killer! Make sure you get all that aiptasia under control, or it will make your life a lot harder lol.

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Re: live rock waiting game

Post by Hillehaus » Wed Jun 10, 2015 8:35 am

I think start to finish it took me 3.5 weeks. I had a lot of die off from the live rock (expected) because I used a florida live rock that was loaded with...critters. I'm glad I did because I have a ton of life in the tank now...most of the undesirables are gone at this point. I had a couple mollusks survive, some cup corals that are thriving, a good bit of coralline algae, feather dusters, and a lot of sponges that survived the abuse.

My freshwater took forever. I want to say 6 weeks. I was stuck with nitrite for what seemed like an eternity.

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Re: live rock waiting game

Post by itlagswrx » Wed Jun 10, 2015 5:34 pm

You are lucky you had that many good hitchhikers. It seems I only got the bad ones lol. Glad the tank has cycled for you, and glad you got that aiptasia problem under control. My peppermint shrimp are having at mine currently. =)

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