Time period for base rock to be 100% fully cured?

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    How long will it take for base rock to be fully cured and be ready to use as 100% live rock?
     
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    until the dead has been eaten
     
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    it really depends on the quality of your live rock. Meaning

    • Did it dry out during transportation?
    • Does it come out of an existing system?
    • Freshly imported? How long did the LFS had it?
    • Does it stink?
    • How much dead stuff can you see on the rock?
    • Bacteria load available to start consuming the dead
    • Other existing cured rock with higher organisms that move over.
    • Number of dead organism inside the rock that you cannot see.
    • Was it completely dead rock? That was out of the water for months
    • Or base rock?
     
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    Loads of dead higher organism like micro bristle stars, copepods amphipods, sponges and macro algae will take longer to decompose if there are nothing to consume it. Depending entirely on bacteria colony to start colonizing the rock from scratch (dead or base) will also take time.

    Turbo boost with bacteria dosing will help, but can only turbo boost mother nature that much.

    Adding other already cured rock alive with creatures to migrate over will help. But obviously do not do this if the ammonia levels are very elevated else you could end up killing the creatures on the cured rock.

    At the end, there are so many things to take into account, that it is impossible to give an exact period.
     
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    I dont think there is any real "correct answer" for that question.
    Ive recently started up a system with only baserock & if took about 3-4 weeks (i added bacterial supplements daily & also some cleanupcrew critters from my other systems to help eat the decomposing things...)
     
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