adding dead live rock

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    hey guys. I want to add some rock to tank for some coral to grow on. want to frag the star polyps and stick em to this rock. its been out of a tank for a long time and is completely dry. Do I pour boiling water over them and then rinse it with ro water and add them to tank or should i do something else? will it cause a spike in my system?
     
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    sorry,heres some pics.[​IMG]
    this is the bigger piece.siz of an adult hand

    and a 3 smaller pieces.[​IMG]
     
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    Hi , soak the rock in RO water for a few days and keep the water circulated with a pump.

    change out the water everyday and keep the container covered in a dark place.

    this is what i do and the rock will be fine.

    were the rocks removed for some reason? and was the system that the rocks were in every medicated?
     
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    a fish shop sells it dry,its been lying outside a tank for months,its very very dry. i dont know where the rock comes from. its only 1.2 kg of rock adding to existing 20 kgs or so live rock. I just wanna stick the star polyps to it
     
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    then all you will need to do is soak the dry rock in RO water for a few day , changing it everyday.

    do this for three days should be enough.
     
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    do i still need the flow in the bucket? or can i just soak it and change the water every day.
     
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    best to put some flow in the bucket to blow of the dirt an any other stuff that may be in or on the rock.
     
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    also, It would be nice to test the water over the days, check to make sure it doesnt leach any phosphates and stuff.
     
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    I used 10 kg of DEAD LR in my tank that had been standing outside for 7 years from my previous tank.....had a few bugs residing in it ,but I rinsed it well and popped it in my tank....I havnt had any algae issues or phosphate issues and its already getting good coralline growth and I also fragged some star polyps on it which has already started to spread.I think the advice given above is a good practice to follow...:thumbup:
     
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    so theres no quick way with this one. Rather take my time then regret a month later.
     
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    ive checked the water parametres ive been soaking the rocks in over night and theres no signs of any no2,3 or po4 in the water. does it take longer for the phosphates to show up or does it mean that everythings dead and its safe to add to tank?
     
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