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Old 10-19-2009, 01:00 AM   #1
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live rock and regular rock

hello yesterday when i was doing my weekly pwc i saw my lr and ill love to have some more and due to my economy circumstances i cant afford alot of lr at once and i was wondering if putting rock that i used in previous fw aquariums will work if i clean them really good and boil them for few hours because i seen some post in here about dyi lr and wanted to know the differences between making your own and using the old fw rocks.

i hope it made sence
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It makes sense. You probably could but rock in the SW scene needs to be pourus so as to have plenty of surface area for the nitrifying bacteria. Not saying you cant do it but it would be my second choice if it was me.
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Abe, first Q. is "what kind of rock is in your FW setup?
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Depending on your stocking levels and possible other sources of filtration, the amount of LR you need for filtration may be quite small. If it's just aesthetics then you can look into base rock or if your FW rock isn't a harmful variety you could use that as the base and build around it.
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well i dont know the mane but i can show you, its is very pourus and this rock right now its been sitting inside my old tank in my closet it looks kind of like lace rock but im not sure, this a pic of a rock that looks like it
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I wouldn't take the risk. If your old rock has traces of metalics in it (naturally occurs in a lot of rock), it can wipe out your SW tank. I think it's better to go to a LFS who sells rock for SW tanks. Some sell "dead" rock, which is a ton cheaper and still safe for you SW setup.
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why dont you just make some diy rock its fun and works well and your tank is already running like it is so you have plenty of time...
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Depending on your stocking levels and possible other sources of filtration, the amount of LR you need for filtration may be quite small. If it's just aesthetics then you can look into base rock or if your FW rock isn't a harmful variety you could use that as the base and build around it.
well i dont really have too many fish and im not planning on adding any more for a while what i have right now on my 75 gall are 2 regular clown about inch and a half long one hippo tang 1 inch long one yellow tanh 2 inch long one royal gramma about 2 inch long 2 fire fish and one goby, as of lr i have about 40 to 50 lbs
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why dont you just make some diy rock its fun and works well and your tank is already running like it is so you have plenty of time...
i dont know how and if i decide to doit do i have to cure it or can i just add it to my dt just like that
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I wouldn't take the risk. If your old rock has traces of metalics in it (naturally occurs in a lot of rock), it can wipe out your SW tank. I think it's better to go to a LFS who sells rock for SW tanks. Some sell "dead" rock, which is a ton cheaper and still safe for you SW setup.
and how much is it for dead rock about????? and if i was to buy it should i cure it or just put it in my tank like that?????
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