testing water

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    [​IMG]Ive put these rocks in freshwater for about 2 days now by the weekend I want to test the water.What must I ask the LFS to test for?
     
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    That rock is sandstone. It will not have the same benefits as proper liverock. I know alot of people do use the odd peice of sandstone in their tanks to create a bit of structure, but the vast majority of their rock is liverock. Starting out with the wrong rock to begin with will casue expensive problems later on.
     
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    why do you want to test fresh water with base rock in ?
     
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    im going to put LR whith it.This is just for some baserock.Robert Iwas advised in another thread to do it just to see if something leach out of them
     
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    so the question is what would these rocks leach into the water, maybe someone can give a guideline on this
     
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    phosphate is your main problem.. where did the rocks come from in the first place ? hsa it been used in tanks before?
     
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    Have not been used in a tank before.It came from a beach nearby
     
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    the problem is you will only know after the initial cycle, what i will do it, cook the rock in water then use it in the Reef tank you planning with liverock, then after about 6 weeks when its gone through the cycle test the water and see if there is issues., if you experiance problems later on ill remove the sandstone first and see if it rectifys the issue.. casue if you leave it in fresh water and test it later on you will get phosphate,amonia and so on because its not long enough to let it cycle.. or scrap the sandstone completely and get proper liverock
     
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    I have to use something with LR .Its abit pricey with just LR and this is the same rock sold by LFS as baserock
     
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    cant see that there will be a problem then.. you can cook it for an hour and then use it just to make sure
     
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