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Old 02-27-2010, 08:53 PM   #1
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Exclamation is the rock i just bought live?

i bought 36 pounds of rock from an online seller who informed me it was tahiti white live rock.
i got the rock home and inspected it and its completely white with some sand stuck to it.
i dont see any coloring to it and the seller told me this rock was in an aquarium for over a year with fish.
is this rock live?
im not usre what to look for since im new to this stuff.
ive also put in some rock i had gathered from a beach in mexico that has red almost pink spots on it does that mean its live?
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Pictures of both the rocks will be help us to identify if it is or not.. but generally when something is completely white, then it's like being bleached/dead. But that does not mean it IS dead. It could just be that there's no coralline or algae growth on the rocks. Only.. i would think that if that rock was in an aquarium for a year maybe more, there would EASILY be algae and corraline growth, definitely algae.

Pictures would be best though.
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first picture is of a piece of rock i brought back from mexico that has the red spotting on it and some pieces have alot of it on them.
he other picture is of the rock that i bought today
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Was the rock completely dry when you got it. If so, then anything live on it, mostly bacteria is dead.
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it was wet when i bought it.
as for the other rock i got from the beach in mexico what is the red spots?
i got it directly out of water and it stayed wet when i came back with it in a bag
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The rock on the left looks like it has some life on it but the other looks dead.
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The red spots on the rock from mexico are most likely traces of corraline, if it's even still alive..
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how will i know if its still alive?
sorry for all the questions but im new to this and want to make sure i do everything right since its an expensive hobby
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Well, you can't really tell.. not any ways that i know of. But i think if it's completely dead its color will start to fade. Not sure on this one.
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Even if it's dead, it will eventually become live.
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