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Old 08-10-2014, 05:34 PM   #1
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Dry rock questions

I was drawn to dry rock because of the price. I could literally fill my entire 25G tank for about $10. So I ordered some pukani rock from bulk reef supply. I got it, boiled it, and then soaked it in salt water for 48 hours. After that, I scrubbed them thoroughly with dish soap, rinsed thoroughly, and then soaked in clean saltwater for another 24 hours to make sure there was no soap left. A lot, and I mean a TON of debris came off of the rocks. I was just about ready to put it in my tank when someone mentioned curing the rock to me. I've done a little research and I've heard it requires soaking for up to 3 weeks in saltwater. I was just wondering if what I did was sufficient or if I still need to soak it? It's only 3 total pounds of rock, and I do have an established bio filter on other rock that's already in the tank. Thanks folks!

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You already did what you needed to do. You don't need to cure dry rock like you would rock that was once live and full of who knows what.


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I should have clarified, it's dry now but it was once alive. That's why it's so cheap. I'm just hoping 48 hours soaking plus all the cleaning I did got enough of if the dead crud off so it won't spike any levels. The white rock is the new stuff, everything else is already established.

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Oh, then I'd cure it just to be safe. Cycle it just like your tank.


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I was drawn to dry rock because of the price. I could literally fill my entire 25G tank for about $10. So I ordered some pukani rock from bulk reef supply. I got it, boiled it, and then soaked it in salt water for 48 hours. After that, I scrubbed them thoroughly with dish soap, rinsed thoroughly, and then soaked in clean saltwater for another 24 hours to make sure there was no soap left. A lot, and I mean a TON of debris came off of the rocks. I was just about ready to put it in my tank when someone mentioned curing the rock to me. I've done a little research and I've heard it requires soaking for up to 3 weeks in saltwater. I was just wondering if what I did was sufficient or if I still need to soak it? It's only 3 total pounds of rock, and I do have an established bio filter on other rock that's already in the tank. Thanks folks!

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You washed the rock with dish soap? Try to avoid that like the plague. It could potentially contaminate your tank which would end badly.

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Even if it's never been used as live rock it's a good idea to cure it. I bought a batch from Bulk reef supply a while back and was letting it soak. 30lbs of it caused the ammonia to skyrocket to 6.0ppm in a 40g tank.
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