Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Reef Aquaria
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 02-19-2009, 08:05 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Hillsboro, IL
Posts: 28
Live Rock

Will BR turn into LR? I found a really neat piece of rock but it is rather large that would look great in my tank. If it will turn to LR, what do I need to do?
__________________

__________________
odle57 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-19-2009, 09:44 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Gomer4378's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Billings, MT
Posts: 142
Anything that bacteria and algea can get ahold of will become "live".
__________________

__________________
Kevin in Billings, MT
no tanks at the moment but going to have a massive build in the future
Gomer4378 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-19-2009, 09:59 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Hillsboro, IL
Posts: 28
so if i put the rock in an established tank for a couple days it should become "live"?
__________________
odle57 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-19-2009, 10:03 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
buddha_red's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Pasadena Texas 77504
Posts: 560
Send a message via ICQ to buddha_red
More like a few weeks to months but yes it will grow bacteria and become live
__________________
Shane
"Only mistakes happen fast in aquariums"
"The solution to pollution is dulution"
buddha_red is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-19-2009, 10:05 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Gomer4378's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Billings, MT
Posts: 142
I'm not sure how long it would have to be in there, but I think about a week will do.
If you put a filter in an established tank for about a week then into a new tank it will seed it.
Someone with more experience will chime in in a min.
__________________
Kevin in Billings, MT
no tanks at the moment but going to have a massive build in the future
Gomer4378 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2009, 12:29 AM   #6
AA Team Emeritus
 
Wy Renegade's Avatar


 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Wyoming
Posts: 4,714
Quote:
Originally Posted by odle57 View Post
Will BR turn into LR? I found a really neat piece of rock but it is rather large that would look great in my tank. If it will turn to LR, what do I need to do?
What type of rock is the rock you found? Define LR; are you talking bacteria only, bacteria and coralline algae, or bacteria, coralline algae and assorted microcritters?
__________________
the Bog

"Listen to some of these guys talk, and it's like they were born from their momma's belly with a fishkeeping encyclopedia in one hand and an API kit in the other" (unrevealed).
Wy Renegade is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2009, 07:37 AM   #7
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Hillsboro, IL
Posts: 28
It is just a really neat rock that I found behind a house while at work. Don't really know what kind it is. I will bring it home and get some pics up.
__________________
odle57 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2009, 11:42 AM   #8
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: not here anymore
Posts: 5,338
Quote:
Originally Posted by odle57 View Post
It is just a really neat rock that I found behind a house while at work. Don't really know what kind it is. I will bring it home and get some pics up.
The only issue about using rocks that were not originally from the ocean is that you don't really know what the thing may leach out into the saltwater. Could be a source of something detrimental to a reef tank.
__________________
Kurt_Nelson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2009, 11:48 AM   #9
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
CluelessInNY's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: 20 minutes northwest of NYC
Posts: 187
I wouldn't drop that thing into my tank.
__________________
...No seriously, I don't know what I'm doing.
CluelessInNY is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2009, 12:27 PM   #10
AA Team Emeritus
 
Wy Renegade's Avatar


 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Wyoming
Posts: 4,714
Quote:
Originally Posted by odle57 View Post
It is just a really neat rock that I found behind a house while at work. Don't really know what kind it is. I will bring it home and get some pics up.
Thats what I was wondering. While I do have to confess that I have put rocks taken from around the area into my freshwater cichlids tanks, I would never consider doing so with my saltwater reef tank. As Kurt said, too much risk of something leeching into the water, and I have way too much invested in the tank to even consider it.

To answer your original question however, about base rock turning into LR; I started my 65 gallon reef tank in early December of '07 (Tank #7, by the way) using GARF's man-made rock (completely dead). I "seeded" the tank using some LS (from a fellow hobbiest), and three small pieces (smaller than the palm of my hand) of LR.




By Mid January, my cycle was complete; I had bacteria:




This is what it looked like in April of '09 (four months):



This is what it looks like now (14 Months):



. . . so the answer to your original question is yes, base rock will become live (over a period of time). That said, however, I must again caution against using non ocean based rock. HTH
__________________

__________________
the Bog

"Listen to some of these guys talk, and it's like they were born from their momma's belly with a fishkeeping encyclopedia in one hand and an API kit in the other" (unrevealed).
Wy Renegade is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
live, live rock, rock

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
MUST GO! 50gal salt w/ live rock live sand New Orleans area. supermarvin76 Archive 0 03-13-2007 07:10 PM
Dead rock - Live rock - Cured rock - Uncured rock Charlie Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 5 07-08-2006 08:44 AM
Five ryukin goldfish for trade for Live Sand or Live Rock byrdman81 Archive 1 03-11-2005 10:08 PM
Binding Live Rock and things to my live rock AirRazr Saltwater Fish Only & FOWLR 7 11-15-2004 08:19 AM
For sale/trade....100lbs. live rock....and lots of live sand BONESTOCK Archive 4 10-06-2004 05:56 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:43 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.