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Old 07-20-2013, 01:03 PM   #1
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cure live rock that has died.

My friend has some rock that im gonna get. He had a sw tank with live rock in it. He has a new job and had no time to maintane his tank. So he had red slime and a couple other problems. He finally just took it down and his rock has been in a tub for several months now. Im sure everything on it is dead by now. How do I need to cure this rock?
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Old 07-20-2013, 01:41 PM   #2
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Rubbermaid container, saltwater, heater, and powerhead. Watch the levels water change as needed. Unless its a new tank them just put it in and let the die off cycle the tank
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How long should it take for it to cure and do I need to seed it?
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Just like cycling a tank the curing process can vary. Only by testing the water can you determine when it is done. Seeding would probably help speed up the process.
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I would put the rock in a tub or tank and add an ammonia source. No other "seeding" necessary.
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Yeah but with a power head or 2, just to move the water around and through the rock
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Old 07-20-2013, 02:17 PM   #7
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Wouldn't the dead things in the rock provide enough ammonia?
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If it's been out of water for months, maybe there isn't enough to make a substantial spike.
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Ok thanks I was curious about that myself.
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Old 07-20-2013, 02:29 PM   #10
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I was in a similar situation. I got rock from my cousin but it was all covered in fungus and looked like hell. I threw it in a bucket with bleach for about a week. Then I just let it evaporate, since bleach evaporates quite well. The. Soaked it in some regular tap water and added some water conditioner ( chloride and chloride remover) I haven't put it in my tank yet because I haven't started but I've read that this is a safe process. As long as you get the chlorides out of the rpck
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