Cleaning Live Rock

Discussion in 'Biological/Natural Filtration and Deep Sand Beds' started by Fishy Steve, 6 Aug 2008.

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    My live rock has become covered with algae as I had major issues with my tank which are solved I think. Got rid of most of my crushed coral substrate and am now doing weekly water changes with NSW from two oceans. The algae seems to have slowed down majorly but it is still over most of my rock and my CUC is not really doing there job quick enough. Can I just take a new toothbrush and scrub the rock piece by piece?
     
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    You can use a TB or one of those bigger ones used for washing up. Just rinse them after as they have bit of metal holding in the bristles, and they rust.
     
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    Scrub them in a bucket of old tank water.
     
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    Can I do all the rock at once?
     
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    I reckon you can, just make sure that you use old tank water, never straight RO .. have done it myself in past with no problem .. bucket with old tank water, scrub,rinse, place back in tank ...
     
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    Will there be any kind of spike or is the amount of bacteria I'll be scrubbing off minimal?
     
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    Why can't you use RO ?
     
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    Steve the bacteria is deep inside the rock, you would have to scrub very hard to get it out :whistling:
     
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    Because you will kill less bacteria with old Tank water and the RO water will go inside the rock and then will effect you SG.
     
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    But won't the RO help kill off nasties ?
     
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    It will but it will also destroy all the good bacteria, to simply scrub off nuisance algae it is ok to use tank water.
     
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    Warr7207 .. as Thalion and Wee-man said ...
     
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    Thanks for all the advice. Hoping I get time this weekend to do a major cleanup.
     
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