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Old 07-19-2012, 03:15 PM   #1
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live rock question

My lfs only sells live rock that has been out of the water for awhile. They say it will come back, is this true?
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Old 07-19-2012, 03:16 PM   #2
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I don't think so lol. Sounds like a scam for expensive dry rock. If u put it into a tank and cycle it yeah it'll become "live" but other wise it's just pretty much a rock.
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Once it`t back in the water and the tank is cycling then the nitrifying bacteria will start to colonize on the rock again. You can also cure your LR so it`s ready to go in your tank. We have a good article about curing LR in our SW articles section.
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It will need to start from the beginning once it's wet. Biggest problem is what dies when the rock was dried out. That organic material is still bound up in the rock. You would be better off starting with sterile rock than with this IMO.
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Old 07-19-2012, 09:09 PM   #5
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It's being cycled right now. But will all the organisms on it grow back?
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Old 07-19-2012, 09:19 PM   #6
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It was rock that was in a tank but was taken out. It has red spots that look like coaraline algae
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Old 07-19-2012, 09:51 PM   #7
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Bb only last for a short time before it dies off. If its been out of the tank for more then an hour I doubt its live anymore.
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My question is how much was it? For true live rock around my area it's 8.99 a pound and that rock is truly live as in it has the bacteria aswell as the hitchhikers. Once removed from water things don't last long so your basically buying crap rock full of dead stuff that's going to rot. If your paying live rock prices your getting hosed as you would be far better off just buying dry base rock.
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Old 07-19-2012, 09:59 PM   #9
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Agreed, fortunately around me u can get live rock from the lfs, one place sells it for $5.50 and the other place $6 for regular Fiji
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Old 07-19-2012, 10:44 PM   #10
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I got it for $5 a pound. It's pretty cheap for around my neck of the woods. I know the beneficial bacteria will come back in time but what about all the things attached to the rock? The stuff that grows off the rock
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