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Old 12-28-2005, 02:25 AM   #1
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Questions about old long dead dried live rock??

Ok so I am hanging out at the My Grand fathers house today and low and behold if I don't look over in the Flower beds and find what appears to be 100's of LBS of Coral skeletons, and possibly Tonga/marshall islands shaped pieces of Rock. Upon close inspection it appears to have been out there for a long long time. This is something the previous owner left behind I am assuming b/c my Grandfather has only owned the house 3 years.

So I am just wondering if it is possible to clean this rock up, and re introduce it to a SW tank? I am sure it would need some time in a QT tank with good SW washing over ut, but heck man its free if it will work.

any sugestions or ideas of if and how to make it work?
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Old 12-28-2005, 09:11 AM   #2
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I'd probably leave it alone since it was in a garden. Likely has been treated with pesticides or fertilizers, etc. Maybe boiling water and scrubbing. Forget the SW wash, everything is dead anyway, and what ain't, you'll need to kill.

I'd stay away from it if it were me.
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I see what yor saying , however this is a rock garden, not a flower bed as stated. Think that would nake a difference? Its some very nice pieces of rock.
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It was probably abandoned for a reason. God knows what is growing inside those pores from being exposed to the environment so long. I wouldn’t trust it in my tank personally but it’s your funeral If you want good base rock www.hirocks.com sells 60 lbs of it for $92 shipped to your door.
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Old 12-28-2005, 02:16 PM   #5
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Maybe a good boil and brush might work. Of course, it's dead/base rock now and will have to be seeded with live rock.

Wonder what others think. I'd still be cautious and try a pc or so out - just how to do that without affecting livestock.
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Actually, I will play devils advocate, I would use it. Most likely the tank was dumped when the people moved. I often use natural rocks that I find outdoors in my tanks. I would be sure to soak it in a vinegar solution to kill anything that may be in there, then put it in a tub of saltwater. Yes, you will be taking a risk, but only you can decide how much of a risk. After you have had the rock in the saltwater for a couple weeks, I would add a few snails to do a "copper test".
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I agree With Hara. I mean. Wash it really good, boil it, scrubb it, rinse, rinse, rinse, and test. It may take some elbow grease but it may be worth it.
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I just checked out www.Hirocks.com
They seem pretty cool. anyone order from them before?
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I just checked out www.Hirocks.com
They seem pretty cool. anyone order from them before?
I got my base rock from them, the pieces are mostly 3-6" long with a good mix and a couple of larger 6-9” pieces. If you need larger you can specify it on the order form. It’s a very porous rock and easy to stack.
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The snail/copper test sounds good too Hara. Maybe a hardy pair and a more sensitive pair too just for the heck of it. Of course, the test conducted outside of the main somehow.
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