It takes me 8-10 weeks to turn dry rock in to live rock before I can use it as a Nitrogen Cycle filter in my aquariums. I set up bins filled with saltwater and a power head for about 2 months to cycle the rocks. It takes a long time.
So here is my idea. Oxygen is a key factor in the nitrogen cycle. Submerged rock receives less O2
slowing down the process right? What if I stacked my rocks high in a (polyethylene non toxic) trash can and let the water trickle over the rocks rather than submerge them to start the nitrogen cycle? Just as we would set up bio balls in a wet/dry filter just on a larger scale? This would cycle the dry rock in 5-7 days rather than 6-8 weeks. Then submerge them and complete the live rock process.
My question is? Is the Aerobic and Anaerobic bacteria on trickle filters (bioballs) the same type of Aerobic and Anaerobic bacteria growing on submerged live rock? If so I just figured out a way to shorten the cycling time on live rock down to just a week or so. Please tell me your thoughts. Thank you.