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idgy

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Could I cure my live rock in a big bucket and leave it there for awhile to see what bad hitch hikers I see and then put the rock in my tank?
 

Ed Hahn

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Idgy,
I see a lot of people doing this. I see hang on skimmers or skimmers plumbed with water circulation in the containers that holds the Live Rock. When you buy your Live Rock you usually see a container with some type of circulation and and skimmer plumbed to it.

Hope this helps
Ed
 

idgy

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Ed,

I see you mentioned a yellow head sleeper gobie, do you have a pair or just one?

I thought they like to be in pairs and I was wondering if you had just one and how he or she was doing alone.
 

Ed Hahn

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I had one. They like Mysis shrimp. Mine was...very personable. He would still be alive today if not for my power being shut off while transporting my inhabitants. I may try to get another. He was my In Laws favorite fish. I am Bare bottom now. I may just make a little sand pile in a container for my next one to play in. I miss that guy. I wish you luck.
 

Elmo18

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Curing live rock in a tub is fine, and a lot of people do it :)

Make sure the water is at or near normal seawater in Specific Gravity, place a heater in there, and also put something to circulate or move water around.

If you are wanting a quick way to not get any hitchhikers with your rock, you can do a high salinity dip, although if you are doing that, you also risk of losing some 'good' hitchhikers. However, in my opinion it is safe enough. You would make water in a bucket at 1.030 or a little higher, dip the rock in and shake it a bit. The hitchhikers will scuttle out (i.e. mantis shrimp).

- Elmo :)
 

mojoreef

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Another little trick is to pour sparckling water over the rocks, boy do they jump in a hurry.


Mike
 

NaH2O

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The stone crab I tried to get out using club soda was a stubborn gal. It took a liter of the soda poored directly on her (also tried boiling water), then I switched to a skewer. :)

Sometimes, hitchhikers happen - and you have to take it in stride. I'm hoping to kill any that came on my current rock with my ultra high ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates while it's curing.
 

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NaH2O said:
The stone crab I tried to get out using club soda was a stubborn gal. It took a liter of the soda poored directly on her (also tried boiling water), then I switched to a skewer. :)

Sometimes, hitchhikers happen - and you have to take it in stride. I'm hoping to kill any that came on my current rock with my ultra high ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates while it's curing.
I tried these also, the skewer works in most cases, ammonia spikes never worked for me, they are tuff buggers!
 
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