View Full Version : Curing Dry rock

07/06/2015, 12:07 AM
Just got some dry rock and want to use it in my new tank build I have 45 pounds already amd want to add the base rock to my new 75 g tank. What is the best way to cure the rock? How often to I change the water? And is there a way to speed up the curing I know I need to take my time but want to add the base rock and then my live rock on top of the dry rock
Thanks for your help

07/06/2015, 03:25 AM
I'd put them in a bucket with tank water and run a powerhead 24/7. I'd check ammonia every 24 hrs and when it's 0 I'd put them in my tank.

07/06/2015, 07:47 AM
it depends on the rock?
where you got it ?
how clean it is?

07/06/2015, 07:55 AM
if the rocks are dry, clean/rinse them well off dusts and you could use them right away.

07/06/2015, 09:53 AM
rinse and use....its a new tank that needs cycled anyways.

07/06/2015, 10:41 AM
I agree with Jminick2, just rinse them off and put straight into your tank during the cycle. That's what I did without any ill effects.

07/06/2015, 10:52 AM
It is BRS rock and was washed and rinsed and is now in a little tank running with water for 3 days now

07/06/2015, 11:16 AM
I would put them in a separate container with a power head for two days, then check the phosphate. If the phosphate levels have risen, then rock is leaching phosphate. If it is leaching phosphate you wanna buy this http://smile.amazon.com/SeaKlear-SKZ-U-Q-Phosphate-Remover/dp/B0017SV6HU/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1436199292&sr=8-9&keywords=seaklear ( I know it says its for pools we use it in the aquarium hobby all the time to remove phosphate thats bound up in rocks its lanthunum chloride) Dose a capful every few days to bind the phosphate. Once you've reached a point where the rock is no longer leaching i.e. your test kit is showing 0 phosphate. Only at that point I would add them.

07/06/2015, 11:24 AM
Thanks that will help in my 29g it is leaching phosphate and I am getting killed with hair algae