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Old 08-10-2017, 09:04 AM
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Question *Dry Rock* and Zeovit? - Rock and tank cycling process

After being out of the reef hobby for many years (these darn children! ), yesterday I ordered my new 210 gallon tank and custom stand/canopy. Needless to say, I am super excited to get back into the reefing hobby, and especially excited to set up another full Zeovit tank.

Since my previous tank was converted to Zeovit after it was all set up, I am not too knowledgeable on how to start a brand new Zeovit tank from scratch. I wanted to ask the expert Zeoheads their thoughts and expertise...

I would ideally like to star with dry rock (like BRS reefsaver or something similar), in an effort to prevent any unwanted pests from being introduced into the tank from the start. Can y'all please explain the process of curing dry rock and cycling a new tank for me? Can I cure the dry rock and cycle the tank all at the same time? Or, am I being unrealistic, and do I need to just break down an buy live rock...?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 08-10-2017, 10:21 PM
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Hi John, welcome back !

I can not really help you with prepare the dry rocks as I have just used live rock in the past. Basically you can use dry rock also but the cycle of the tank will take much more time. Later it will be difficult to keep unwanted pests out of the tank as they can come with any kind of rock attached to the corals, often they are to small to notice them.

Anyways my recommendation is to prepare the dry rock that it does not leach PO4 anymore, if the material is fine start the cycle as follows:

http://www.zeovit.com/forums/showpos...60&postcount=7

Good luck with your new project !

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Old 08-10-2017, 10:43 PM
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You make a very valid point about the pests ultimately coming into the system. With that, and after reading more today, I think I will be going with the live rock route. Any suggestions for online retailers of such?
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Old 08-11-2017, 11:10 PM
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The material should be fresh, remove all kind of death material before adding it to your system. I have used direct imported fresh rocks directly after the import with great results if the shipment arrived in good condition.

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Old 08-12-2017, 12:04 PM
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Around 5 years ago I started a 5 foot tank with dry rock only.
The cycle took longer and in the end all the hitchikers arrived anyway, with new frags and colonies. Aiptasia, acro eating crabs, acro eating flatworms, and others
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Old 08-12-2017, 01:43 PM
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Thanks for the feedback. Makes sense on the pests arriving anyway. Where could I get direct import rock here in the USA?
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Old 08-12-2017, 11:30 PM
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I wish I could help but I do not live in the US, maybe someone else can give you a tip, alternatively just ask your local fish store if they call you when the next shipment of rocks does arrive. If the quality of the rocks is perfect you can also use rocks which where kept in a holding tank for a while.

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