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Old 04-13-2014, 07:49 PM   #1
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Can old dried rock be used in a Sw build

I was visiting my parents today and my mom offered me some coral rock that's been in her hutch since I was young for the SW tank I'm putting together. Would they now be considered "dry rock" or even able to be used I'll include pictures 2 are blue from key west and not sure on red one

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You can use any rock for SW and it will eventually become live. Just put the dry in with a couple of pieces of live while you cycle the tank. The live rock will seed it and there you go...,
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the red one is a pipe organ coral skeleton
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I was reading and few articles said it had to be cycled for long period to kill anything on it

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I was reading and few articles said it had to be cycled for long period to kill anything on it
If it's not currently live, then it's dead. it's safe.
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Of it's been sitting in a shelf for years there shouldn't be anything but dust to worry about. Just scrub it good with a stiff bristled brush and clean water and you are ready to go
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Thanks guys, hero_mommy that's good news I was reading bout having to bleach and such and didn't wanna loose the color on them they look cool , they will be going into my first SW tank (30 gallon) reef

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I bet some of that is expensive. Ive heard of old coral like that going for a couple hundred dollars a piece. But yeah just cure them in some ro water dor a few weeks and you'll be good

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I bet some of that is expensive. Ive heard of old coral like that going for a couple hundred dollars a piece. But yeah just cure them in some ro water dor a few weeks and you'll be good

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That is wayyyy expensive for old dead coral. I've got a pipe organ skeleton about the size of OP's and I paid $15 for it. Which I even thought was too much.
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