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    Getting Re-Started

    Greetings,

    I've been bouncing around your forum for a while now, trying to plan my plunge back into the hobby I bailed on after a move several years ago.
    My marine experience consisted of about 8 years of moderate success, hampered by severe under-funding.
    I still have a 55Gallon drilled tank. A now obsolete Wet-Dry filter, a bushel of Bio-balls I guess I can donate to a local Kindergarten class. I even have about 100lbs. of (previously live) rock and sand I've been storing in salt water for 5 years. My old RO unit even produces decent water.

    My questions are:
    1. How much "new" live rock will I need to re-seed my tank using my "old" live (now dead) rock?
    2. Can I successfully run a fish only (few inverts) marine tank utilizing only my 36" HO tubes for light (and a decent skimmer of course)? Or will this scheme require an investment in some MH illumination?

    Thanks and keep up the great forum

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    WOW You kept the rocks in salt for 5 YEARS!!! You should have yourself some good looking rocks by now!!( do a search on "cooking live rock") Not sure if you need any new live rock at all...You should be good on the lights if it's fish only.

    Good luck!!
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    i agree, i don't think it would take much to bring that rock right back to life. add a little bit of new rock and some excess protein and wait. the lighting should also work for you as long as you're not planning on corals or clams.

    good luck and lets us know how it goes :b16:
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    All fauna on the rocks had long since died off, I think keeping them in the water was just wishful thinking. They look like they've been curing on the beach.

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    Thanks for the colorful welcome...but alas, my rock she is dead.

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    Maybe some spores deep inside, lying dormant just waiting for proper seawater to start circulating again...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garboplex View Post
    Maybe some spores deep inside, lying dormant just waiting for proper seawater to start circulating again...
    and if not, by seeding it with some new LR the bacteria will soon repopulate the old LR. it may take some extra time but 100lbs of new LR wouldn't be cheap and not necessary.
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    you can just grab a few rocks to seed the old stuff but it will take some time before you can start running the system again with the rocks. You can almost just borrow some rock for a few weeks to a couple months to get the ball roling again.

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