Nano tank Aquacscaping.

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  1. PICOdilly

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    Also miss my 5.5lt pico I had. Trying my hand at a +_ 50 lt Nano this time round. Using pool acid to clean LR and most videos show that it lays in the acid for about 30mins before adding the bicarb to neutralize the acid. Most clips say if it lays the acid to long the rocks could disintegrate completely and that would suck big time lol:m79:
     
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    Sounds great, I meant 3 hours not days sorry. I used HTH pool product and let the rock soak for a long amount of time in order to turn it nice bright white again. I was in no rush so just soaked in RO for a long time changing out the water once every 2 Days.

    Probably not what others would recommend but I didn’t know much about acid bathing and was only told from a friend.
     
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    I'm going to go for about a hour and pull it. If it's not white enough I'll just soak it again. Want to let it soak in fresh water for at least a week changing the water daily. I've also got the HTH easy acid. I hear it really stinks when the acid is foaming
     
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    Sounds good, all depends on how much HTH you use per liter I suppose so the reaction speed differs.
    Indeed it does smell funny :confused:
     
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    Depending on the concentration, you might not have any rock left thereafter.
     
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    Why do you want to soak it in acid? Do you have pests?
     
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    Want to kill of any possible pests including Aptasia. Also it opens up all the cracks and crevices giving the rocks a nice rustic look. Wanting the tank to start of nice and free of any unwanted nasties and have had a few recommendations to go this way. LR as been living in a sump for a little while now to
     
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    Going to soak them for about 30 min to a hour. Just want them white and to open up the cracks and crevices
     
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    Aah, ok. What are your plans to seed them again after killing off the life?
     
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    Been advised to use Stability. Do you have any recommendations
     
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    Stability should help, but you probably need more sources of bacteria to have diversity enough to break down waste. At least you will introduce life back into the tank with every coral you add, so should return to how it was before given enough time.
     
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    Wanting to take it slow with the tank so it might be a boring thread lol. I won't be using salt mix but rather collecting my own salt water so I'm hoping that will help as well.
     
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    Before and after pic. Landed up acid bathing them 2 hours. 15 litres water and 2.5 litres acid. Neutralized it with 1 kg of Bicarbonate of soda. Amazing how many crevices opened up. Unfortunately the one large piece was actually a whole lot of small pieces kept together by gunk. I'll will now at least get a chance to cement them together and create my own master piece lol 20180314_161142.jpg IMG-20180314-WA0071.jpg
     
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    Yeah blue circle is indicating some sand stone
     
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    Very Nice work dude
     

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