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    Bleaching old rock strictly to kill possible spores?

    In regards to acid soaking: I opted not to with this rock, based on these factors: 1) This rock is going into a fresh new system that can cycle however long it needs to, and I don't want to dissolve 20% of it after I've already had it aquascaped just how I want it. 2) The rock was really...
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    Bleaching old rock strictly to kill possible spores?

    Many thanks for the input, everyone. I let the rock get thoroughly dried out, then I soaked it in RO water for a few days with a pump running intermittently. I just took it out today, and have a fan blowing on it to help it dry out faster. I can't wait to get this thing up and running. I'll...
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    Bleaching old rock strictly to kill possible spores?

    I just finished taking the rock out of the bleach water, and setting it out so it can dry. I've read that people use dechlorinator when rinsing bleached rock. Does anyone have any input on that? What EXACTLY is in dechlorinator?
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    Bleaching old rock strictly to kill possible spores?

    sfsuphysics, there is no chance of any aiptasia being on this rock. It can't survive being totally dried out for weeks on end. IDK about acid, but bleach will kill everything for sure. I've opted to let it go one more night. Can't hurt.
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    Bleaching old rock strictly to kill possible spores?

    As a side note: the rock looks super clean and white right now. I can now see some places that had corals encrusted over them, and tell that underneath it, the rock is more porous. I might try to chip some of that off. It definitely looks cleaner now than when I put it in there. Some of it is a...
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    Bleaching old rock strictly to kill possible spores?

    bigfoot610, true there will be no bacteria at first, but after I cycle it with ammonium chloride there will plenty. I won't have a sandbed at all. This tank is going to be bare bottom with a piece of black starboard on bottom. I'm going to have minimal rockwork in the display, and run a 8x8x4...
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    Bleaching old rock strictly to kill possible spores?

    With a properly cycled tank, and and an experienced reefer taking care of things, what exactly is it that happens to a tank over time that makes it more suitable for a nem?
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    Bleaching old rock strictly to kill possible spores?

    Most of the rock looks completely void of any organic matter at all, but some of it is stained by either green surface-algae, or from having been under sand. It's all currently in an old Rubbermaid Trashcan with RO water and bleach. I'll let it soak for at least 48 hours, then rinse and dry it...
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    Bleaching old rock strictly to kill possible spores?

    tkeracer619, that's quite a low concentration compared to the 20% I've seen repeated so often. Are you sure that would be enough for a 24 hour soak? When you do it, do you use tap water, or ro? ReefWreak, this rock is remarkably clean looking. My only concern is dormant algal spores, or any...
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    Bleaching old rock strictly to kill possible spores?

    I have some old, dry rock that I purchased used. It looks really clean, but I'm worried about it possibly having dormant, pest algae or things of the like. Would there be any benefit to bleaching it for a day in 20/80 bleach/water?
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    3/4" Black Starboard? Too thick?

    You know... I'm not. I have a small tank running right now that I started with a bunch of little half dead montipora chips, a damslefish, and some rock pieces from a tank teardown. I've pretty much neglected it. It has had at least a half inch on the floor of it before, and yet some of those...
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    3/4" Black Starboard? Too thick?

    I've thought about that, but wouldn't a gap under it just end up being a trap for detritus? A lot of people are reccomending sealing these things with silicon, even with them sitting flat on the bottom, because of the detritus getting under there. Wish someone had a build thread with a similar...
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    3/4" Black Starboard? Too thick?

    My biggest problem is that the piece will cost more than my tank did. Right now, if I'm sitting on my couch, I can't see the corals that are sitting on the bottom in the front of the tank. Those are some of the nicest pieces. I don't want that problem with the new tank, and I've had it with...
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    3/4" Black Starboard? Too thick?

    I'm ready to order a piece of starboard for my 40 breeder, and am just wondering if there are any pro's or con's to using a 3/4" piece. My main reason for using it is to elevate the bottom of the tank up to level with the piece of trim that goes around the bottom. How heavy is this stuff?
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    Pederson Cleaner Shrimp

    I'm really glad I found this thread. I was trying to decide if I wanted to add one of these to an order I'll be placing soon. After reading about the size of these, I'll opt for a different species. Maybe an anemone crab instead.
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