Best way for curing live rock

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  1. devesh.r

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    Hi Guys

    Im in the process of starting my new tank. I want to try and cure the rocks before going into the tank to try and prevent the bad algae from building up. I have a few try rocks from my old tank and will be buying more live rock.

    What would be the best way to do this. Any advice will be appreciated.

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  3. Hammerhead

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    Basically 1 litre acid to 9 litres water? Is this not very strong?
     
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    Don't have the exact resource on hand but pool acid is already diluted to 30%. Similar to Vinegar which is usually 5% acid. The product you use should have the acid concentration on the packaging.

    So diluting it with water will make it much weaker.
     
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    Yes 30% hcl. Will do 1 to nine and see how it goes
     
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    Looks like it worked. Is that the result you wanted?
     
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    Well the result i wanted was to rid the rocks of algae, these were 90% covered in green and red hair algae. This should have helped to removed any settled n phosphates as well.

    I dont think i can do this to any other rocks as the have some coral or other life them, i might do one or 2 more rocks that have some aptasia which i have been treating with aptasia x

    I take it as a success.
     
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    Those rocks looks much smaller after the acid bath. Did you maybe weigh them before and after the acid bath?
     
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    I did expect some weight loss but did not weigh them. I let them soak for around 20 min.

    Some pieces of rock broke off during the process as well.

    I dont think the weight loss was very drastic. Maybe 10% or so
     
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    Going to be doing this on my spare rocks aswell.

    How did you neutrilize the acid?
     
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    Just with ro water rinse.

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    Thank you for the upload it is a great help including the pics. I just bought a new tank and was scouting for live rock on the net. The procedure looks easy enough to follow and do.
     
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    Just keep some bicarbonate on hand in case acid spills on you and get thick gloves. I also bought a brush which helped me to scrub the rocks.

    The acid started penetrating the gloves I had on so just be careful

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    So what is the next plan? Are you leaving it in the tank to cure until the smells go away? Or are you going to leave it in a tub in a dark area with no light?
     
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    I actually just put them straight back into my display tank.

    I rinsed until the water ran clear

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    You can drop in a box if bicarb if u want to neutralise any residual acid.
     
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    Also Dnt buy live rock if your are just going to drop it in acid. Live rock is expensive.

    Get some dead/dry rock & drop it in there.
     
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