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    Up and running 2 weeks with 3 pieces of live rock, (formerly dead rock that was once alive (someone let it dry out, so I bought it as base rock) and almost 4 inches of live sand.

    SG has been pegged at 1.022 for over a week now, and all my levels have stabilized.

    So, saturday morning i am going to go out and purchase a nice load of Tonga Live rock to put in, not a lot, just about 60 bucks worth. And a couple of crabs probably.

    nice and slow.
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    well, I couldn't resist... yesterday I ran across an ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS piece of Tonga Live rock, it looks to be 100% old coral. It has only been out of the ocean/water for a efw days I think as it amazingly, still smelled great (uncured), I bought it almost right off the truck (They still had the boxes it came in laying around the store.). For uncured rock, amazingly enough, it still smelled like the ocean, instead of a funk that makes you run away. it was 17 pounds, and after tax cost me about 95 dollars. It will be the centerpiece rock in the tank. I can see macro algaes on it that I hope will re-establish, as well as red, pink, and orange coraline. There also seems to be something that looks like VERY small thin colt coral, not sure what it is...

    I added it to my tank and figure It will have to cycle again... so I shall wait, and enjoy. (I am positive some ide off will occur.)



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    Good luck (skill) with your tank / rock! The bacteria may have an extra load to deal with if there is die-off. Ah, to have salts again....

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    I am pretty sure the rock is going through it's curing cycle, as i have seen some bio-mass (who knows what it was) slough off in the tank... Also, noticed when I got home the apartment had a slight funk this afternoon... nothing near as bad as I have ever smelled before.

    At this point, I am estimating it will be cured and the tank will be cycled within a month, allready some of the coraline is coloring up well, which leads me to believe it was not in that bad of a shape... I thin the unidentified bio-mass might have been sponge to tell you the truth, and I hear it is the worst smell... and, since if you expose sponges to air they are toast, well, heh...

    we shall see... Nothing int here but rock and sand and I find myself staring at the tank for long stretches of time.
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    Funny you should mention staring at a tank for long stretches at a time... when my daughter was a baby/toddler we used to put her in view of the guppy tank to get her to calm down. Some of us probably stare at our CP's for long stretches at a time as well. Hopefully, the worst is over as far as die-off.

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    I am hoping the same. (As far as die off goes.)

    You know they say that children exposed to aquariums at a young age have a higher level of curiosity and do better in the sciences? cool.

    I think my staring comes along the lines of... what am I going to do next in there? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

    obviously, Need more rock... I am only about half way there (tonga is much lighter than most rocks, and therefore the ration should be 2 around 2 pounds a gallon, give or take a little.)

    I need two pieces to come around the side, and maybe a few smaller pieces to build up in back, then put this on on top of them, that will give me a nice little mountain to work with.
    \"Maybe in order to understand mankind, we have to look at the word itself: \"Mankind\". Basically, it\'s made up of two separate words - \"mank\" and \"ind\". What do these words mean ? It\'s a mystery, and that\'s why so is mankind.\" ~ Jack Handey

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    Not my kids - 3 out of 4 are starving artist types. The fourth kid is going to be mathematician and nerd. anyways, Did you mention any Pacific corals & anemomes?

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    not yet, I am taking it slow. I have not installed the metal halide fixture as of yet, and I am concerned about the evaporation rate. I may have to rig a small top off system before I can add the corals and anemones, (I have been fiddling with the idea of using an old 8 gallon hex in the stand as a refugium, so it's there (forever!) if I need it.)

    I want to make sure, essentially, that my Specific Gravity is not going to fluctuate wildly with that metal halide on there, it's the first one I have used, so I am only partially sure of what to expect.

    In the end though, probably about 6 months from now, I will probably drop in some mushrrom corals to start.

    I am really torn about wanting to add my maroon clowns as soon as possible, but also wanting to add the anemone I hope for them to host in BEFORE I put the clowns in, so that it is settled and happy... if I add the clowns before, there is every chance they will never host in the anemone (as there is every chance they won't if I add them after too.)

    I also need to 'safen' up my eqipment before I add the anemone. THey have a tendency to try and get on powerheads, another reason I am thinking about a refugium... If I eliminate the power head INSIDE the main tank, and put a MAGdrive pump as the return pump, with a SCWD on the return pipe, I think I might be able to avoid having two power heads (one for the return, one for the SCWD.)

    regardless, it is an experience! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
    \"Maybe in order to understand mankind, we have to look at the word itself: \"Mankind\". Basically, it\'s made up of two separate words - \"mank\" and \"ind\". What do these words mean ? It\'s a mystery, and that\'s why so is mankind.\" ~ Jack Handey

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