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Old 09-14-2009, 03:19 AM   #1
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Florida Dry rock for SW aquariums

Ok, so here in florida you see dry fossilized coral rock EVERYWHERE. It is not a uncommon thing to see in Florida. You can find some like the ones below. So it is just dead, fossilized coral so i ask you if this would be okay to use in a SW aquarium for dry rock? Since the biggest fact about doing SW is the price and this would save a ton (since it is free).

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Check with the Dept. of land and Natural resources to see how much and where you can pick rock like that. Some places, Hawaii comes to mind, has a 25# a day per resident limit. and yes if you can that would be fine as base-rock.
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Thanks, just doing this alone will save me 100+ dollars. Also just from the people i know here in Florida and just from what they have in there yard i would have enough but i will make sure to do that. My brother just bought a new house and they have tons of i just sitting in the corner of there yard that they want to get rid of. And then i figured i could go diggin around Florida in rock pits and what not and find pieces of coral rock that are interesting lookin.
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That`s great rock to use because of all the holes in the rock and it provides mor surface area because of that. Insides those holes should provide good places for anerobic bacteria that will help to get rid of nitrates. They like low flow and less aerated areas.
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Etunes, just be sure that if you get the coral away from the beach area that no one has sprayed them with poison or some other chemical.
PS: as far as size is that a VW is see parked on top of that rock?
MY bad...it's a real beatle.............
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Etunes, just be sure that if you get the coral away from the beach area that no one has sprayed them with poison or some other chemical.
PS: as far as size is that a VW is see parked on top of that rock?
MY bad...it's a real beatle.............
LOL might need to do some drilling and blasting. Tunes where in Fl are you?
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Regardless if you collect these rocks or not, you will have to do something to them before you use them. In my opinion, since you do not know what already could be living in there or what may have DIED in there.. i would suggest bleaching the rock. It will kill off anything that is living in there, and any bacteria that may be in there from decaying matter. I would also agree with thincat on the fact that people may be spraying that area with pesticides or something else. It's not really uncommon for them to do that. So i would definitely bleach the rock that you collect.
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I agree.... A good washing with a pressure washer would clean out all the crevices.
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Actually that's a great idea super-duty. Never really thought of it that way. Would definitely get the gunk and grime out of all the cracks and crevices. I have a power washer too.. and man that thing packs a punch lol.
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I can see a new company in the works! Baserock by Etunes and Co.
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