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Old 06-05-2012, 12:11 PM   #1
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"Live" Rock?

What do people mean when they say that their aquarium has live rock or live sand?
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It's rock that's live... duh!

Just means the rock has been in an established aquarium or directly from the ocean and is loaded with beneficial bacteria (along with a host of hitchhikers usually)
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IME, live rock should only be used in saltwater aquariums, as it is taken from the ocean. The rock itself isn't a live, but it has micro and macro organisms that are alive inside it. Same with live sand. In freshwater, just use plants.
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Any rock in any tank that is cycled is or will become live. It's just not commonly referred to as such in a freshwater system.
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