prepping reef bones with acid

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    Why do they call it reef bones? Looks like rock to me.
     
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    its basically a brand name @Boegie , yes it is rock like baserock
     
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    and from stastic water? just a chemical reaction.. i reckon that acid properly opened the pores in that rock...
     
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    It was great to read that thread. I had done quite a bit of research on this. I was a route I was looking at going to get rid of PO4 in my rock.
     
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    @wukkie if it works why not? i have alot of rock i have had laying outside for years.. i can only imagine how much rubbish will be expelled through this process.. obcious being of a limestone makeup some of it will be eaten in the process.. but can you imagine how effective the rock will be for filtration purposes?
     
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    I am sure the rock would be great afterwards. I have tried this method now with some small pieces of rock. a bit smaller than fist size. It seemed to work well.
     
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    mmm i have alot of rock that needs to be cleansed... i will sort out a few of the uglier pieces and try it out when i get a chance....
     
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    Interesting Leslie I wonder how effective it will be if someone has bryopsis on their LR.
     
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    Well im sure it will anhilate all life on the rock. obviously this should be practiced in a well ventilated area and the effluent neutralised and disposed of in an enviromentally friendly manner :whistling:

    (i think i have covered all the fine print :tt2: )
     
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    Lol I'm sure you did;). my cube is still cycling & one of the large LR has quite a bit of algae which I got like that & don't like the way it it looks as I don't want a bryopsis outbreak in this tank. Maybe I should try this method out.
     
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    i have always liked the steralized tank start method and then having controll on what i add to my system in future..

    so this fits in with how i like to operate.. even my current LR unless encrusted with corals will probably undergo this treatment so that i can then innoculate them with exactly what organisms i want in future..

    perhaps try a small piece first and see the effects before putting a big piece in...
     
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    Well it's the big piece that's worring me the other LR looks ok to the eye. The big piece just fits in a 25L bucket.
     
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    What must also be understood is that when the acid desolves the outer layer of the calcium rock. it takes away the PO4 that is bound to the rock. This in it self helps with the reduction and likely hood of bryopsys growing on the rock.
     
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    Hmm, this is very interesting... Might try it out...
     
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    i see this is becoming a more common practice overseas....
     
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    Closest ive come to doing this is soaking rock in bleach water for a few days.
     
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