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Old 04-01-2014, 12:02 AM
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my first salt water tank was in 1989 ( fresh water, 1960, my father own Tropical fish store) for some reason , always i use live Rocks (Fiji,Tonga etc.) now i run 99 % RRR, i like 100 % better, i control PO4, Nitrate way much easy. I guess live Rocks have time life, when got saturated of PO4, detritus, dead organic stuff, just leak back.


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Old 04-01-2014, 07:41 AM
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sounds good, I guess my fear of the rain water was just silly. Looks like I'll have some more rock to add to my tank
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Old 04-01-2014, 01:26 PM
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just rainwater or are you talking about leaves and bugs and stuff like that. If it was just a closed barrel that sprung a leak simply set up the rock like they do in any fish store and toss a polyfilter pad or 2 in there. put the first one in then wait and see what color it turns then go from there. I had 100+ lbs of some nice rock that had been exposed to COPPER for a month and a month of poly pads and water changes did it justice, results from the lab 0 copper.
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if you've got rocks that you like then go ahead and try what I did, put fresh saltwater in a bucket or container with a heater and something to push the water around then toss in a Polyfilter in there and see what color it changes. You'll notice after a week or 2 that regardless of the color of the pad there might be sand or dust like material at the bottom. Thats when you do 100% water change ad empty and wipe down the bin (we're talking 15-20 gallons depending on how you stack the rocks,maybe less) and go at it again and toss in a second pad. See if that changes color. after a total of a month you should be in business.
COST-$12 for 2 pads and half a cup of salt for however much water you go thru.
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bleach it for overnight.
wash it thoughoutly
let them sit in the fresh water for a day
let it dry for a few days
let it sit (summerse) in the water for another day
dry it again
should be ready to use
I have done it every time in each of my last 4 setup.
Whenever I buy live rocks or dead rocks. I always bleach them before I put them to use. works every time and no issues
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I am going to let them dry out in the sun, then stick them in a bin with a heater and saltwater to cycle.

I am glad I remembered the barrel as there is probably 100 pounds of rock in there.
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rain water contains phosphates and bleach doesn't remove phosphate, acid bath will. from what i'v read.
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Ill tell u one thing I used old rock on my 220 had massive hair algae problem for months if I could do it again I'd cure them better and soak them in a barrel with water a power head and lanthanium chloride not saying do that but something to check into
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Ill tell u one thing I used old rock on my 220 had massive hair algae problem for months if I could do it again I'd cure them better and soak them in a barrel with water a power head and lanthanium chloride not saying do that but something to check into
I would lanthium chloride any dry rock.
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