seeding dry rock

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  1. 3snacks125

    3snacks125 Plankton

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    Hello,
    I am thinking about buying ten pounds of this dry rock from bulk reef supply.

    BRS Fiji Dry Aquarium Live Rock - Bulk Reef Supply

    I would seed the rock with this agricultured seeding rock from Marcos rocks.

    Aquacultured Live Rock ( seed rock ) - MarcoRocks.com Store

    Has anybody used this dry rock or this seeding rock? I don't want to buy the rock and find out it doesn't cycle in my aquarium well.

    and if I bought ten pounds of dry rock for my 10 gallon and one on the seeding rocks how long would it take to cycle? a month? 2 months?

    thanks,3snacks125
     
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  3. sailorguy

    sailorguy Torch Coral

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    Never bought from those venders but I do think starting with dry rock is a good way to go.You could use a product such as Dr.Tims one and only or Birospera by Oceanic to help jump start the cycle.If you would like to seed with live that could also help but is not necessary.Seeding with live you could also be adding hitch hikers,this is sometimes good and sometimes not so good.It's hard to say how long your cycle will last but adding a bacteria supplement should speed things up a little.You just have to wait and test...wait and test.
     
  4. 3snacks125

    3snacks125 Plankton

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    thanks sailorguy but how would I cure the rock without live rock
     
  5. Mr. Bill

    Mr. Bill Native Floridian

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    Any ammonia source will start your cycle. Many use a raw shrimp from the grocery store. Once ammonia starts to rise, the bacteria will develop and grow. As already mentioned, using a bottled bacterial supplement will speed things up a bit.
     
  6. 3snacks125

    3snacks125 Plankton

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    thanks that really helped me
     
  7. mikekx65

    mikekx65 Skunk Shrimp

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    I'm also curious on how long it would take to seed the dry rock.
     
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  9. Ducncover

    Ducncover Skunk Shrimp

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    ive bought pukani dry rock from brs and liked it. never bought seeding rock online, always bought live rock from LFS...I would think you would have less die off as its out of the water a shorter period of time with local rock and you can pick out pieces that you like vs online... as mentioned you can add bottled bacteria to kick start as well....

    I would think if you started with 10 lbs dry and a pound of seeded with a bottle of bacteria you could cycle within a couple weeks maybe less
     
  10. jhkim161

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    Can you seed a dead rock solely using the Biospira without having a seed live rock?
     
  11. Mr. Bill

    Mr. Bill Native Floridian

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    Yes. In fact, you also do not need the bacterial supplement, just a source of ammonia.
     
  12. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Yes, you do not need to anything. You can leave a cup of SW sitting and it will cycle eventually. Roughly you can assume a tank with dry rock and no seeding to take around 8 weeks to cycle, it's all about the nitrogen cycle.