Storing live Rock and Substrate

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  1. Jt143

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    Hi All

    So ive had to put my marine life on hold for a bit, tank sold etc.

    Now ive got live rock left over as well as some live substrate (i.e. both have been running in someones tank for about 4 months)

    My question is how do i store these until i start again?
    i.e. in what and where, any special things i need to do?
     
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  3. Express Reef

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    You can put it out in the sun and let it dry out and then wash it, and store it dry or you can buy a kiddies pool and store it in there with some salt water, heater and a flow pump to keep it alive...
     
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    Much better idea
     
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    how long can i keep it dry for?
     
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    For ever
     
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    Once it's dry it's dead and will require a longer cycle than normal dead or base rock because of all the dead bacteria/algae etc. on the rock. You will be curing your rock rather than just cycling your new tank. If your new tank is only a possibility or a far away maybe, dry the rock and substrate, wash it nicely, scrub the rock as clean as possible and leave it in the sun for a few days. Then store it in containers for as long as needed. When the bug bites again cure your rock in a bucket in the garage for 6 to 8 weeks and then transfer to your new tank.
     
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    Thanks

    So if I dry and clean the rock out will it cause any harm or damage?

    I may only need to keep it for 2 or so weeks
     
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    If you keeping it for such a short time, then rather keep it wet. Drying it out will cause everyhting to die and youll have a very long cycling time when you add it to your tnak again.
     
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    But without any tank or literally anything how do I keep it wet
    Just in a bucket with water??

    What about algae growth Etc
     
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    In a bucket with a heater and something to keep the water circulating is more than adequate
     
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    Get yourself a plastic bucket from Game or Pick n Pay. Always usefull afterwards...
     
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    I kept mine for 2-3 months in a food grade plastic "dustbin" with a heater and pump. Keep the lid on to minimize evaporation. I even added a little bit of food to feed the pods every week, but very little.
     
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    O ja, there will be no algae as there's no light.
     
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