Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 08-26-2009, 10:11 AM   #1
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 9
Dead Live Rock?

Hi guys,
So I've set my aquarium up and have three pieces of live rock in there to cycle it. It's only been in there for 3 days but the live rock has turned quite white in a lot of patches, which I assume means it's dying off in some way. Does this mean I need to get new rock to cycle the tank?
__________________

__________________
ozquarium is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2009, 04:39 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: not here anymore
Posts: 5,338
Nope. Most likely you're seeing the purple coralline algae dieing off or bleaching. This is pretty normal when the rock is exposed to air while setting up the tank, or during shipment/transport of the rock. In a few months down the road, you'll see the purple/red/greens come back.

All you need to cycle the tank is an ammonia source. If your rock had live stuff on it that is dieing off, it's supplying the ammonia your tank needs. Testing for ammonia and nitrites will tell you where you're at with the cycle.
__________________

__________________
Kurt_Nelson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2009, 06:26 PM   #3
SW REEF 18+ YEARS
Community Admin
 
melosu58's Avatar



Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Virginia
Posts: 38,244
As Kurt said it will come back with a vengence. Welcome to AA
__________________

SITE ADMINISTRATOR

You can view many of my fish and corals in my photo albums in my profile.

View my tank


AA Community Rules|AA TOS

Forums 101 - posting, accounts, basics
melosu58 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-26-2009, 08:48 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 9
Thanks guys! Given my lack of experience, it's always good to have reassurance that things are on track.
__________________
ozquarium is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
dead, dead live rock, live, live rock, rock

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
At what point does dead rock become live rock? joeyfromlawrenceville Saltwater Reef Aquaria 3 10-06-2008 12:26 PM
Newbie ? on Live Rock-Dead Rock mrouff Saltwater Fish Only & FOWLR 7 12-31-2006 11:28 AM
Dead rock - Live rock - Cured rock - Uncured rock Charlie Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 5 07-08-2006 08:44 AM
Dead rock to Live Rock time period? dscount Saltwater Reef Aquaria 4 01-16-2006 10:06 AM
Live or dead rock? Rocketman Saltwater & Reef - Sick Fish or Coral 2 05-22-2003 01:31 AM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:25 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.