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Old 05-19-2004, 10:59 AM   #1
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I just joined. I have a new 52g aquarium with about 30 pounds of live rock and about another 20 pounds of base rock that I assume is slowly becoming live rock. I have an eheim 2717 filter and a homemade recirculation pump moving about 500 GPH.

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My aquarium has finished cycling, 0 ammonia, 0 nitrites and a touch (10-15PPM) of nitrates. I've introduced an algae blenny who is kiss cleaning my aquarium although I never get to actually see him/her doing it

Anyhoo, one quick question to get the ball rolling, how can I confirm that my live rock is indeed live. I mean aside from green hair algae on the rocks and hundreds of red spots (coraline?), what tells me it's actually live? I don't see anything crawling aound in my aquarium even when I try and sneak up on it with a flashlight at night.

And one of them keeps bubling. Every now and then, every two-three minutes actually, a small buble can be seen rising to the surface. I assume this is either CO2 or O2 depending on what is actually going on in there.

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Old 05-19-2004, 12:39 PM   #2
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LR is a generic term, there are many things that make rock live, the most common indicator of "good" lr is the presence of macro life on the rock, be it; macro algae, coral polyps, coraline algae, pods and worms etc...

I would imagine that your LR has some trapped air in it, and as time passes it is escaping.
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LR is a generic term, there are many things that make rock live, the most common indicator of "good" lr is the presence of macro life on the rock, be it; macro algae, coral polyps, coraline algae, pods and worms etc...

Hmm, haven't seen any pods or worms and I have been keeping an eye out for them. As for the rest, macro algae, coraline, any idea where I can find an image to see what it's supposed to look like?

I would imagine that your LR has some trapped air in it, and as time passes it is escaping.
Well, considering it has been immersed for several weeks now and it has been bubbling consistently for the last week or two, I really doubt it would be entrapped air. I may have thought that if it had occured the first week, but it didn't.

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ah, it's a new development. It could be releasing nitrogen gas produced through denitrification, or there is air being introduced to the rock somehow, air bubbler, midro bubbles in the tank etc...CO2 would dissolve in the water pretty easily and doubtful you'd see it rising through the water column.
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Hmm, haven't seen any pods or worms and I have been keeping an eye out for them. As for the rest, macro algae, coraline, any idea where I can find an image to see what it's supposed to look like?

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Well macro algae looks like algae, LOL.

Might do a google images search on macro algae
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