Help me out here. I thought the point of cycling the rock is to make sure all the organics inside the very porous rock has been eaten so there is no more ammonia spikes from decaying material.Yes that is a way. But honestly it is a bit pointless cycling the rocks to add bacteria. Where is the bacteria going to come from? Can only come from the die off of the rocks and you have nuked all of that.
Here is a pic of a structure i did that was prepped the way i say and has been in my tank now since November. Never cycled the rocks, just added when the tank was changed. In fact all the rocks were treated and only coral and filter moved across.
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PIC's bud Pic'sOk, so I had already bought the acid and I was interested to see what would happen...
5l muriatic acid in 20l RO in a 50l drum. Boiled over like a coke float, roughened my garage floor a bit but my yellow gloved hands were ok. Had to fetch something in town quickly. 2 hrs later! Removed rock, a bit smaller I must admit. Sprayed it down and all the soft stuff and coralline algae came off. Mostly white now.
It looks squeaky clean and I'm very tempted to just put it back in the tank. I have about 15 kg rock and substrate in there that is mature.