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curing live rock

Fishful thninkinFishful thninkin Member, Classifieds Posts: 209
edited January 2012 in Marine / Saltwater Fish
hi have read heaps of info on the net about using live rock from a reef and having to cure it and scrub it with a brush to get of bad bits. but how do you know which bits to scrub ? and what if i scrub off all the good bits and end up with a boring piece of rock with nothing growing on it .

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  • BrengunBrengun Moderator Posts: 1,985
    Most all my bits were fine but there was one odd bit had lots of rubbish on it. I just took it out of the tank and let it do its slurrying thing in a container with an airstone. At least it didn't put rubbish in the tank then. Once it sorted its act together I put it back in the tank.
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  • Fishful thninkinFishful thninkin Member, Classifieds Posts: 209
    Well i scoured the internet and i managed to find tons of info on curing lr and apparantely if your lr is still fresh if i accidentally scape of to much there is spores or somesuch still embedded in the rock so it will go grow back eventually.
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  • Fishful thninkinFishful thninkin Member, Classifieds Posts: 209
    Just thought i might post a quick description of how to cure live rock for those that would like a little info thats easy to understand.
    How do you cure your live rock?

    While you may cure your live rock in many different ways, the following method has been shown to be very effective. Curing typically takes from one to three weeks.

    Place the live rock in a new 30-gallon plastic garbage can.

    Cover the rock completely with freshly mixed saltwater.

    Use a heater to keep the water temperature near 80 degrees to speed die off.

    Create constant water movement with a powerhead or air stone.

    Keep the area dimly lit to prevent algae blooms.

    Perform 100% water changes twice a week.

    Scrub the rock between water changes to remove dead material.

    Consider adding bottom drains to the container to speed draining and water changes.

    Check water quality and test for ammonia. When ammonia tests are negative, the rock is safe for your aquarium.
  • Just thought i might post a quick description of how to cure live rock for those that would like a little info thats easy to understand.
    How do you cure your live rock?

    While you may cure your live rock in many different ways, the following method has been shown to be very effective. Curing typically takes from one to three weeks.

    Place the live rock in a new 30-gallon plastic garbage can.

    Cover the rock completely with freshly mixed saltwater.

    Use a heater to keep the water temperature near 80 degrees to speed die off.

    Create constant water movement with a powerhead or air stone.

    Keep the area dimly lit to prevent algae blooms.

    Perform 100% water changes twice a week.

    Scrub the rock between water changes to remove dead material.

    Consider adding bottom drains to the container to speed draining and water changes.

    Check water quality and test for ammonia. When ammonia tests are negative, the rock is safe for your aquarium.

    If it's a new tank your setting up just do it in the tank.
    no need for 100% water changes twice a week, change smaller amounts more often.
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