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Old 04-20-2011, 06:51 PM   #1
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"Live" Rock

How can I tell if the "Live" Rock I got from my LFS is actually alive. He said that it is cured so I shouldn't have to cure it. I saw a little tiny starfish on it when I put it in my tank, and I also have one little aptasia on one piece. (Which I am planning on taking care of, just looking for the best way without adding chemicals if possible.) I can take some pictures if that would help.
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Old 04-20-2011, 06:53 PM   #2
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lemmon juice should take care of that apista just take a hypodermic needle fill with lemmon juice and inject into the base
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Old 04-20-2011, 06:55 PM   #3
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I heard that would work but they said into the mouth. I touched it with the end of my algae scraper and it sucked back into the rock...How can I inject it if it goes into the rock?
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im new to sw im sure the experts will chime in but id say wait till he comes backk out and inject the suckker
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Old 04-20-2011, 07:00 PM   #5
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Yep you really wanna get him while he's out. they are fast little buggers tho.

Good luck, just have some patience it will pop backout and you can zap him right dead center!
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I'll have to give it a try, he is super tiny though so I hope I can get him!
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if worst comes to worse you could use apista x it is a chemical though
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Old 04-20-2011, 07:07 PM   #8
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Yeah, that is my last option.
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Old 04-20-2011, 07:08 PM   #9
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ive heard it works well though
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Old 04-20-2011, 08:43 PM   #10
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I've heard that.
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In my experience peppermint shrimp have worked very well at getting rid of it. Perhaps ive always been extremely lucky with it but its never failed for me. Perhaps you should give that a try.

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Old 04-20-2011, 10:26 PM   #12
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It is definitely live though if you saw all that on it.
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I dont think there's really a way to prove LR is actually alive when you buy it. You just have to submerge it for awhile and test with ammonia. I got my rocks from the LFS and didnt know about dry rocks so all of it was LR. Only took me two weeks to cycle so it must had been quite alive
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If there is living stuff on it isn't it "technically" live? That's how lfs get ya. Its just how live it Is
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i thinkk live means the presence of coraline algae
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and nitrifing bacteria
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For the rock, generally if it has been kept in a tank with flowing water, it's live to some degree. As for the aiptasia, I found it easiest to take some pickling lime powder and mix it with a few drops of water to make a thick paste. Then, just take the paste and smother the aiptasia, doesn't matter if it's in or out.
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