Live rock alternative for filtration

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    Hunting for live rock the other day, I was disappointed to see that most dealers live rock looking mostly dead except for aptasia...
    aso I was wondering would using a product like seachem Matrix and seeding it with something like stability not br a better idea? You'd be guaranteed to get x amount of surface area and the correct bacteria with none of the nasties..
     
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    I used seachem's matrix when I re-started my tank. If you use it with the any bacterial adding product it does the job brilliantly. Also for 1 litre of the stones which cost around R220, you will treat 400 litres of water. Don't forget the space saving benefits too in your sump. You can place in a sock or reactor. Just clean them of any detritus buildup, but that's what you should do with live rock anyway.
     
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    And would connecting it to the outlet of the protein skimmer not ensure no detritus and higher oxygen for the bacteria?
     
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    I assume that would work. Remember a skimmer will not remove all the particulate matter from the water. You will need some maintenance. Maybe through a reactor with a high amount of flow will also prevent detritus build up.
     
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    There are alternatives like Real Reef Rock and also ceramic bio rock.
     
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    what do we need to remove? Matrix can serve you in a number of ways:
    remove Nitrite in high flow and oxygenated water and;
    Nitrates in low to medium flow, medium to low oxygenated water respectively.
     
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    I saw those. For the dt I was even thinking of going diy. But for filtration purpose I thought matrix would be better. And so hopefully give the nasties a skip.
     
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    Smart thinking. Unfortunately, take into account when purchasing any corals, unwanted animals always end up hiding in amongst the coral. Always best to have a small nano that is made for corals ONLY, and allow the coral to open up, along with the unwanted critter like Aiptasia.
     
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    Thats my plan. I have a 115l cube with a back sump that I want to use as a experiment tank/quarantine tank.
     
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