Originally Posted by saltwaternewbie22
well the size of the tank im not worried about im about to move in a couple of months and im going to set up a 150g tank then, but i dont wanna set it up now and have to move it. and the rock was cured already when i got it. i just dont know whether to try and remove it and scrub all the stuff off, just leave it like that, or get rid of it and start over with what i had already.
Whenever you receive mail order live rock, cured or uncured, there will be dead loss so it should be thrown in a rubbermaid bin for about a week with some fresh SW
and allowed to sort of 'heal' itself. The time spent out of water will cause bacteria to die on the rock, thus creating an ammonia spike in your tank if you just drop it in there.
As for the lifeforms on the rocks, many people consider that to be great LR
if it came with some corals attached to it. But if you really want to clean it off of the extra lifeforms, you can scrub them off and clean it up. About the only way to ruin LR
is to expose it to copper based meds or boil it. If you boil it to clean it up, it is no longer live rock, it will then be base rock. After about a year it would be live again.
Edit: Here is a link to a great guide explaining how to clean and cure your LR