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Old 10-28-2005, 06:54 PM   #1
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Can I use this rock for SW?

We have some white holey rock that was originally used (recommended by the lfs) for African cichlids. It is just sitting in the garage taking up space. Can we use it as base rock for our reef tank? We will be adding live rock soon.
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Old 10-29-2005, 08:26 AM   #2
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I think that you can use just about any rock for base as long as you do a good job cleaning it up before using. Thats what the guys at my LFS told me when I set up my tank. On My 2nd tank I cut 4, 2 inch PVC pipe 1 foot long and put in the DSB and set the LR on it works great.
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Old 10-29-2005, 09:07 AM   #3
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I am sorry but I would tend to dissagree with Bamaboy on this one.

Rocks contain minerals that can and will be leached into SW aquariums much differently than FW aquariums due to the chemical nature of SW. Take for instance copper, this will not effect a FW aquarium in a negative way (to my knowledge, I could be incorrect here) but even a small amount of copper in a SW aquarium will make the aquarium uninhabitable by any invertibrates which are the backbone of a SW reef. Other rocks contain Silicates and other undesirable minerals, the reason most everyone uses lr from reefs is because they are coral skeletens and we are relatively certain they are safe for other corals.

If the "white holey rock" is sandstone for instance I would say no way would you want that in a SW aquarium. But if it is old coral skeletens I would say after cleaning they should be fine.

Bottom line, If you don't know for certain, don't use it

Post pics of the rocks, I am sure someone can probably id it for you.

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Old 10-29-2005, 11:19 AM   #4
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My eel tank contains about one hundred pounds of white texas holey rock. I would think what you have is about the same type rock. If so, it is ok to use as base rock.
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Old 10-29-2005, 02:29 PM   #5
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Here is a picture of one of the rocks we have.
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that looks just like the type of rock in my tank.
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