Live rock wanted

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  1. Gatiep123

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    Hi im from sasolburg...anybody maby have some live rock for sale????
     
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    @Vleis Visagie may have some rock. It's not 'live', he has cooked it in acid, so you know it's clean.
     
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    Have no idea if it work work just started to cycle my new tank
     
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    Will work. As your tank cycles, bacteria colonises the pores of the 'live' rock. If you put a piece of 'dead' rock in the tank, this will also grow bacteria as it's just one more place for bacteria to colonise.
     
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    I do have some dead rock...but have been told to put in live rock im confused hehe first marine tank dont know what to do
     
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    Read up on the marine tank nitrogen cycle, and use the search function at the top of this page.There's tons of info which will clear a lot of your doubts.

    I assume you are cycling and have no livestock at all.
    Living organisms in the live rock die off and decompose, this starts the cycle going with their decomposition into ammonia. Then bacteria colonise the rock and turn ammonia into nitrites, other bacteria turn nitrites into nitrates. If you have clean or dead rock, substitute a prawn or piece of hake in the tank, this will decompose and start the cycle going. If you already have a piece of live rock, it already has the necessary bacteria to decompose and cycle waste in your tank. This has the possibility to jump start your cycle and shorten the cycle time. The dead rock becomes live in time as bacteria and organisms colonise it.
    This is my basic understanding of it, I'm always open to corrections...

    Also, talk to @Vleis Visagie, he is in your area and is cycling his tank at the moment...
     
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    Okay kwl wil do thanks alot one more thing i have a big rock with dead tube worms on and looking like there is some new ones coming out not sure but think so
     
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    Sound like you have die off already. Leave it, part of the cycle.
     
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    Do i still need to add live rock or leave as is?
     
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    Post a pic of your tank.
     
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