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Old 07-23-2008, 11:52 PM   #1
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questions about buying used live rock

I have some questions if I was to buy someone elses live rock who was taken apart their tank.

How do I test it to see if they used copper?

What is the proper method of holding the rock until my DT is fully set up and still maintain as much purple algae?

Cuz Im still in the middle of making my sump.


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Old 07-24-2008, 08:13 AM   #2
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The easiest way to find out if they used copper based meds is to ask them. If you aren't sure and they aren't sure then I would pass on the rock. I had some offered to me for free but the person couldn't remember if they had or hadn't used copper. I turned it down.

You will need to keep the rock in SW with a power head. A skimmer wouldn't hurt either.

How long ago did they take their tank down? Has the rock been out of water?
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aww so theres no way to test to see if they have used it? (copper)


um im not sure i will have to ask the guy
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You can put it in your tub and wait a few days and see if copper is leeching into the water.
I agree with Ziggy but wanted to add, you will need a heater too.
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aww so theres no way to test to see if they have used it? (copper)
If they did use copper, it would leech out at such a slow rate a normal hobby grade test kit would never pick it up. Only way to know is ask.

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I agree with Ziggy but wanted to add, you will need a heater too.
Or a chiller...depending on the weather.
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LOL! True!
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Alright thanks everyone. Unfortuntly the guy said he sold it. But now I know what to do if I manage to get used LR from someone.
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You can also buy base rock. With base rock you don't have to worry about die off because it is already dead. It cost a lot less and in time becomes LR.
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Well, I wouldn't say all base rock won't have die-off. I have found quite a few dead critters in my Marco rocks order, mainly serpent stars, so just be aware.
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Old 07-25-2008, 02:49 PM   #10
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Ya i really wanted to order from Macro, but they dont ship to me
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