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Old 01-28-2012, 11:43 PM   #1
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Boiling Rocks

I am looking to buy a new tank and would like to use existing rock from an arleady established tank. However I do not like some of the aiptasia growth and on a few rocks that I am unable to keep up with. Im interested in how boiling the rocks in water works. If I boil the rocks how long before I would be able to place them in the new tank? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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Old 01-29-2012, 12:38 AM   #2
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Have you tried aptasia x? Stuff works very well.

Although I'm sure boiling would kill them and everything else on the rock. Just hate the thought of killing a perfectly good rock because of a few pain in the butt glass anenome's! Try the aptasia x first.....I'm sure you'll be happy as it kills them in about 10 secs.

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I had good luck killing them with boiling water and a turkey baster. Leave the rock submerged and spot treat vs killing the whole rock.
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Not to sure but I heard boiling rock is a bad thing like rocks will explode or something . Anyone heard this or am I crazy?
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That's ridiculous.
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Old 01-29-2012, 09:50 AM   #6
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What's the point in boiling the rock!? The bacteria on the rock are not extrmophiles and will also die! Along with anything else that is on the rock.
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Just gotta throw my experience in with this. I had a complete infestation of aipastia, there was a field in my sand and all over every rock. I figured like you that i could get rid of them with boiling water. So, I poured boiling water over them in a bucket, let that sit for a week almost. THEN i took the rocks out and sat them in a freshwater bucket for almost a week outside. After that I put the rocks on the driveway and let the sun bake them for a few days.

Now after all that it appeared they were gone. But lo and behold about 3 weeks later I had more of them. LOL Not sure how long they can survive.

What I ended up doing and what I DO NOT recommend was to nuke my tank with ammonia. I put in a cup or two of pure Ace ammonia and within 2 days all the aipastias were gone. Since I had them in my filter too this got rid of them as well. Drastic measure I know but it worked. Keep in mind I had no live stock in the tank other than a few snails which I pulled out before the ammonia went in.

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