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Old 02-03-2015, 09:08 PM   #1
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Can dry rock become live?

Some say yes others say know. I'd like to know everyone's opinion. Also, does the filtration capacity of live rock improve over time in an established tank? I know that there is always substantial die of off organisms and bb after the rock is mined, shipped to the lfs or online retailer, and then possibly shipped again to your door. Do these organisms and bb ever grow back?

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Old 02-03-2015, 09:34 PM   #2
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Rock being 'live' reflects the beneficial bacteria base that you build up when you cycle. So yes, it does become live.
When it comes to the rock from the ocean, the stuff that was living on it sometimes does come back out. It just takes a long time at times. I've seen stuff emerge from rock I've had in my tank a year after setting everything up. It is pretty crazy in all honesty.
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First question is yes, sterile rock can become live just thru natural processes. The process can be accelerated by using established rock as a "seed rock." Or you can add selective bacteria in a bottle to seed the rock. Some like to start with sterile and seed it with bacteria that is known beneficial rather than take the hodgepodge of bacteria a wild live rock can have. But it's also sometimes fun to see what a wild rock has hiding in it.


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First question is yes, sterile rock can become live just thru natural processes. The process can be accelerated by using established rock as a "seed rock." Or you can add selective bacteria in a bottle to seed the rock. Some like to start with sterile and seed it with bacteria that is known beneficial rather than take the hodgepodge of bacteria a wild live rock can have. But it's also sometimes fun to see what a wild rock has hiding in it.


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That's right. It's why I culture my own rocks now. That's a statement you can only make in the aquarium trade that won't get giggles.


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