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rock and hair algae

Discussion in 'Rock' started by cent36, Apr 8, 2015.

  1. cent36

    cent36 Amphipod M.A.S.C Club Member

    So for the past months I have been getting hair algae. Some of you may remember my posts and plight. It all came down to the old dried up rock I used to start the tank and leaching phosphates. I was told emphatically NOT to bake my rock or I would incur the wrath of the cycle again.

    Instead of all that, I removed, scrubbed and replaced all my rock. The algae came back so now my question is....... Can I slowly start replacing all of my rock with live rock from a trusted source like an LFS? Will that recycle me?
  2. High Plains Reefer

    High Plains Reefer Sardine Platinum Sponsor M.A.S.C Club Member

    you shouldnt get much of a cycle if you keep it wet
  3. zombie

    zombie Tuna M.A.S.C Club Member

    Only if it is truly live rock. The vast majority of live rock from LFS is dry rock that has cured in a holding tank for many months. Break a piece open. If its white inside, it wont help you one bit.
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 8, 2015
  4. cent36

    cent36 Amphipod M.A.S.C Club Member

    The lfs will let you break it open? How do you break rocks without a pickaxe?
  5. zombie

    zombie Tuna M.A.S.C Club Member

    Some of the more slender pieces can be broken by hand without tools.
  6. deboy69

    deboy69 Barracuda M.A.S.C Club Member

    That's not really going to tell you anything especially if they keep adding new rock to it every so often. And I doubt they will let you break open a piece
  7. cent36

    cent36 Amphipod M.A.S.C Club Member

    So then how do you tell TRUE live rock?
  8. zombie

    zombie Tuna M.A.S.C Club Member

    The only way Im aware of is to break a piece open. True live rock is brown on the inside.
  9. SkyShark

    SkyShark Tuna Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    Find a LFS that you trust and ask.

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