I bought 2 lbs of rock from my lfs put in in saltwater that was 70 degrees then 2 days later i added it to the dt at 75 degs did i just kill my live rock ?Well, You cant just slam anything into your tank or it will die.
However, Yes you can take most fish from the sea and put them in a tank and they will live. There is alot of *If''s and But's* to that statement.
In my experience, most all rock can be taken from the sea and put into a tank. Keep in mind the rock will need to re cure a bit in your tank, anytime you transport live rock some of the bacteria dies off, so the longer it is in transport, then the more bacteria dies off.
Snails and Crabs are alot like the rocks, as long as you properly acclimate them, they should do just fine.
Fish are a lot trickier. Many wild caught fish just will not survive ina tank, not because they cant, but because they will not adjust to the new environment and quit eating, or get ich or something of that nature. Always take tropical fish to a tropical tank. If the fish are brackish water fish, then leave them in brack water. if it is a cold water fish, it stays in old water, do not try to drop fish that do not belong in a reef environment, into a reef tank. If you do, you will just cause the fish stress, and eventually death, and will just cause you heartache.
I would only tank natural rock, snails and crabs. I would leave the fish to the LFS. Also, keep in mind, in alot of places taking things away from a reef, or the ocean in general is against the law, so make sure you are doing it legally.
With everything, in this hobby, please do lots of research before jumping into anything.
as you know i have only 2lbs liverock if i add base rock will it become live or should i add more liverock and some base rockmost likely not. in my experience, live rock is pretty resilient. i have had my heaters go bad while I have been on vacation, and I have lost everything in the tank, but my live rock has always made it just fine lol...
Also, keep in mind. the rock itself is not actually living. its the bacteria on it that makes it living. Any bacterial die off, will grow back eventually.
yes. I very frequently use a base rock that is calcium based rock to help set up a new tank.as you know i have only 2lbs liverock if i add base rock will it become live or should i add more liverock and some base rock
its a 75 gall with a 30 sump will the 2lbs make the base rock live or should i get a little more liverock to help seed?yes. I very frequently use a base rock that is calcium based rock to help set up a new tank.
Eventually, any and all rock in a tank will become live rock. Like I said, the only thing that makes live rock, live, is the bacteria on and in it. bacteria will grow on any rock.
How big is your tank again?
The standard rule of thumb is 1 lb of live rock per gallon of water. I typically to 75/25 live rock to dry rock.its a 75 gall with a 30 sump will the 2lbs make the base rock live or should i get a little more liverock to help seed?
i dont plan on taking form the ocean i was jsut curious if it was safe to do soYou don't need anymore live rock. You can start a tank with only dry rock and no live rock at all. If you are planning on collecting anything from the ocean, check local laws and regulations. In most places it is illegal.