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Old 06-19-2003, 06:08 PM   #1
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how do you know when....

How do you know when dead rock has become live rock...

(stupid question of the year award is heading my way for this one)
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Old 06-19-2003, 06:35 PM   #2
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My guess would be that if you had that as the only filter and an amonia source. then when readings stabelize then maybe it would be live.
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Old 06-19-2003, 10:50 PM   #3
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well, it isn't the only filter, I had about 60 lbs of hirock base rock in there. The main filtration is a milennium 3000 until the rock turns live. That is why I was asking...I would really like to take the external filter off.
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What kind of bio-media are you using in the milennium? If is some loose media, remove a little at a time. If it is a sponge, cut it and remove some. This will break in the tank while ensuring you don't have a sudden cutoff.
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I would say by this time, Hara, your rock is live. It's been months hasn't it? I agree with hoops tho, remove your biomedia a portion at a time. Maybe 25% at a time would be good.
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Old 06-19-2003, 11:39 PM   #6
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I would think coraline growth on the rock would be a good sign that it is live. This has no scientific basis, it's just my best guess. I have used a lot of dry base rock in my tanks and the coraline growth usually coincides with the growth of lots of other critters on the rock.
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