Live rock still alive?

Discussion in 'Biological/Natural Filtration and Deep Sand Beds' started by ziyaadb, 11 Aug 2008.

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    When buying Live rock how does one know if its alive or dead? What do you look for? This is in regards to live rock that is being purchased second hand.
     
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    Make sure it was in water.Smell it to see if it has a foul smell,then you will know if it is dead.In the dark using a torch,check for any gogas running around.
     
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    i cant check it in the dark, if it has a foul smell its dead?
     
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    Use a torch to check it out in the dark.
    If it has a foul smell,it needs to be cured.
     
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    if rock gets sent from let say Joburg to durbs it will need to be cured as all the living creatures will have died unless the rock is couried down in water, is this correct?
     
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    As long as the rock is moist,it will be fine.Does not have to be submerged in water :)
     
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    Was going to say that just because it smell bad does not mean it is dead. You get some die off from the transport etc as it is not always in water. It is that dead bits that smells, but inside the rock will be ok.
     
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    Also keep in mind,should you add the foul smelling rock to ther tank,it will cause an amonia spike to your tank.
     
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    thanks mense
     
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