Seeding live rock

Discussion in 'Biological/Natural Filtration and Deep Sand Beds' started by OCELLARIS, 30 Jul 2008.

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    hi guys

    if i were to walk along the beach shore and find
    chunks of porous rocks that were washed up on to the shore,
    can i use this in my marine tank and have it seeded by
    a smaller piece of live rock thus colonizing the newly introduced
    item?
     
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    you just leave it there. my girlfriends mom got shit when she collected a piece of log and rock while walking on the beach :(
     
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    ok then thats a no go zone, how about if i use porus rock, maybe its called dead rock,
    from a LFS and have that seeded?,
     
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    dude you can use cinder bricks if you like and they will eventually become live i have done this before.. just beware of high alk levels though.... seeded with at least 2kg LR though.
     
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    What is Cinder Bricks Les?
     
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    thanx leslie hempel
    where do i get this brick from
     
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    builders blocks the M4 and M6 type...they use them in many aquaruims as base rock...
     
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    :) excellent, thanx leslie
    i will have to go check this out on the weekend ;)
     
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    how much would dead rock go for in a LFS
     
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    Check up with Eco Aquatics.They were bringing in Ceramic rock some time back.
     
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    thanx mekaeel
     
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    OCELLARIS: It's usually referred to as "BASE ROCK" not dead rock. And with time, any rock can become live. You must just be cautious with which rock you choose as some contain nasties that will leach out into your water with time and cause endless headaches (algae problems etc)
     
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    hi matt165

    i have been to natures petland and they had base rock in huge quantities
    and live rock aswell, would it be safer to buy base rock from them
    with some live rock and have them colonize onto the base rock, would that rock be safer? they have saltwater marine tanks there aswell
     
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    i spoke to a friend of min that works for a company on the aquarium building side and he
    has base rock that he is selling, R40 per a KG
     
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    guys tell me, should i have my tank in the cycling process with a few pieces live rock and base rock that im seeding would
    1. the tank take longer than normal to cycle?
    2. after the cycling process could i still add base rock to the tank
    and if so would it cause the tank to cycle again.... thanx
     
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