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Old 08-03-2011, 09:11 PM   #1
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Live rock

How long can live rock be out of water, before it completely dies
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Old 08-03-2011, 09:37 PM   #2
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As long as it stays moist/wet, it should stay alive.
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Old 08-03-2011, 09:38 PM   #3
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As long as it stays moist/wet, it should stay alive.
I found some on cl that has been out of the water for three weeks
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It's definitely dead then, but will become alive again in a short time in your tank.
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How about live sand that's in a system now, is there anything I should look out for, like color smell ect
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Old 08-03-2011, 09:54 PM   #6
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I wouldn't buy live sand, more trouble than it's worth. Just buy packaged sand, that looks nice and keep it at that.
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I bought live sand from petsmart I work there so I got two fresh 20lb bags they are about 20 or so give or take per bag. It looks really nice I'm loving it
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if you have a tank with live stock i'd consider curign the rock in a rubbermaid container with saltwater in it, as all the life that was once on it will throw out a huge ammonia spike and will likely do alot of harm in your system
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Old 08-03-2011, 10:20 PM   #9
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if you have a tank with live stock i'd consider curign the rock in a rubbermaid container with saltwater in it, as all the life that was once on it will throw out a huge ammonia spike and will likely do alot of harm in your system
It's going to be a new setup
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then go ahead and use it, the die off will start your ammonia cycle and hopefully be enough to carry it to the end, if its not you could always add a raw shrimp or bottled ammonia to continue it.


i bought some lace rock from my LFS which had soem mossy growths on it which i used to carry my cycle on the rock to the end. the moss didn't start to break down and cause an ammonia spike for about a week but it eventually did and within 3-4 days i started getting nitrites
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