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I bought a tank off a guy and he had it broke down. All the live rock was taken out and stored it in tubes with saltwater on them. I scooped at all the sand and remaking water and I’m starting with fresh sand. There was some hermit cranes and at least one shrimp still alive with the rock. When I cycle the tank can I throw the crabs in there with the shrim or should I wait till the tank is finished cycling?  Also since I will be using already established live rock do I need to add anything else to the tank to help the process?  I’m assuming I’m going to have a lot of die off since the rock has been out a while. 

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Clown79
22 minutes ago, Juice780 said:

I bought a tank off a guy and he had it broke down. All the live rock was taken out and stored it in tubes with saltwater on them. I scooped at all the sand and remaking water and I’m starting with fresh sand. There was some hermit cranes and at least one shrimp still alive with the rock. When I cycle the tank can I throw the crabs in there with the shrim or should I wait till the tank is finished cycling?  Also since I will be using already established live rock do I need to add anything else to the tank to help the process?  I’m assuming I’m going to have a lot of die off since the rock has been out a while. 

Was the rock allowed to dry? 

 

If it was kept in saltwater, it should still have life but that also depends on if it was kept heated with water movement.

 

Only way to know is testing ammonia levels and nitrate.

 

If not, there is a chance that you will have a cycle, maybe not a full blown one but possibly a spike.

 

With liverock besides adding some bacteria, there should be nothing else to do as it will cycle on it's own if there is die off.

 

If the shrimp and hermits are still alive with the rock, that to me means the rock is still fine.

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