When should I put live rock in my aquarium?

Your live rock must be fully cured before you can add any fish or invertebrates to your aquarium. The curing process, which initiates the Nitrogen Cycle, typically takes 4-5 weeks. During this time, you must also perform weekly 25% water changes. To start your live rock curing, stack the rock loosely in your aquarium.

How do you bond live rock?

Super glue (cyanoacrylate) is widely used for mounting coral frags to plugs, rocks, and what ever you may need to attach them to. Super glue can also be used to bond rock work when aquascaping for a seamless look.

Do you dip live rock?

Live Rock Hitchhikers. Some of the many beneficial hitchhikers include filter feeders, worms, starfish, invertebrates and even corals will hitchhike in on your new Live Rock. In general, it is wise to “dip” your coral frags before placing them into your tank, but the same cannot be said with regards to your Live Rock.

Why is my dry rock turning brown?

The brown is normal in the begining. You will never have completely white rocks in the tank. Use your lighting as you normally would, you do want to encourage some algea growth. Your rock will start to turn a pale neon green and then start to get the coralline colors if you have some Live rock in the tank to seed it.

Is it easy to make reef rock aquascape?

Reef rock aquascaping is easy with the right tools. It can be a decent amount of work, but it is satisfying to make something completely custom in your tank. This post goes over all the steps involved in taking dry rock and creating a stable rock structure.

How long does it take for a reef rock tank to look good?

A good place to start getting ideas is by looking at other people’s tanks. A good thread on Reefcentral is here: Aquascaping, Show your Skills… Using dry rock means it will take a while to look as good as true live rock in the tank. This may take several months to a year, depending on the tank and system.

What’s the best way to arrange rocks in an aquarium?

When you have the structure to your liking, take a picture with a cell phone or the like. It makes it much easier to arrange the rocks in the tank quickly by just looking at the picture and putting the rocks back together with the way they were in front of the tank.

What happens if you don’t do aquascaping?

Without this process, your aquarium would be a boring and uninspired collection of coral, and maybe a rock or two. Aquascaping doesn’t mean spending months carefully crafting a work of art, unless you want it to. Fundamentally, this task is whatever you want to make it.