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  1. General Reef Discussion
    I have a question for everyone: Does adding vodka to the live rock cooking bins speed up the process? Here's the deal, I'm cooking and drying the rocks to store for a couple of years until I get my new tank. I've been using pure RO/DI and healthy doses of vodka for two weeks now. The water is...
  2. The THINK Tank
    Would adding vodka (or some other source of carbon) to the container you're cooking rock in help to speed up the process of purging the phosphate and nitrates out of the rock? I would imagine it would create a bacterial bloom similar to what it would do in your tank, but with there being no fish...
  3. General Reef Discussion
    Is there any problem with cooking my rock outside? I have a 110g preformed pond that I was thinking of using. I have about 90lbs of rock to treat and I don't really have room to do all of it at once in the basement or garage. My thought was to place it in the pond and cover it with a sheet...
  4. General Reef Discussion
    So I wasn't aware my old RO unit membrane went out and I was putting basically tap water in my tank. So I had a Green Hair Algae outbreak. I'm slowly getting it under control. Seems to be growing faster than I can remove it some days. I've cut back on my Lighting 8 hours from 10 (rapid...
  5. General Reef Discussion
    I got another 55 gal tank that i want to upgrade to use as my FOWLR tank. I picked up 50+ lbs of LR from somebody on craigslist. The tank was pretty bad from where i got the rock from.. tons of green hair algae, but not too much on the rock. I had a kinda long drive back to home. I wrapped...
  6. General Reef Discussion
    I picked up about 40 lbs of LR from a guy on craigslist. The tank I got it from was disgusting!!! so much hair algae I had too feel for the rock cause I couldn't see it!!! It was bad! not sure how he had stuff living in there. Anyways I posted something about it yesterday and a couple of you...
  7. General Reef Discussion
    Hi guys, As I read and understand more, I see that our rock will not last forever:bawling: So how do you save the reef ?...By cooking rock??. Or changing rock?? How do you guys with old tanks do it:bigw:
  8. General Reef Discussion
    I've been cooking my LR for 8 weeks now. There is absolutely no detritus coming out. My question is I would like to add some more LR to my tank. The LR that is cooking has Phosphates that are at .5 ppm. It doesn't feel like there is any slime on the LR, so could I add a few pieces to the tank?
  9. The THINK Tank
    Quick question, i have about 25lbs of live rock in my 30gallon tank and i just bought another piece of live rock from the lfs that is another 4lbs. can i just add it stright to my tank well after brushing it off or should i cook it for a few weeks first??? my current live rock has been in my...
  10. General Reef Discussion
    ok i gonna buy aprox. 60 lbs live rock......question is should i cook it first??? any input would be great
  11. General Reef Discussion
    I need to cook all my rock now :doh: And have no idea how im going to remove these from their rocks... My xenia im fine with because i can just cut their stalks and just rubberband them but how do i do this with clove polyps and zoas? I cant have any pieces of LR attached to them so no dremels...
  12. General Reef Discussion
    so after a very long discussion with our lfs guy, we decided to take out our live rock and have him cook it for us. He is charging us $20 to cook it and to house our antenna(tangaroa) goby until the process is done. We are taking out the goby because tommorrow we will begin removing the sand in...
  13. General Reef Discussion
    :read: OK so I tried to do a search but I couldnt find exactly what I was looking for. I'm starting my 55 and I have 60 lbs of Fiji that's was dry. I started the cooking process by seeding it with 6 lbs that are covered in purple and pink coralline that I got from the LFS (it was in his tank...
  14. General Reef Discussion
    I bought some dry base rock from LBS, i put it in my 30g tank (that eventually will be the sump for my 30g main tank) with freshly mixed saltwater and added about a tablespoon of regular, unscented household ammonia. the tank used to be a freshwater setup that i drained about a day before i...
  15. General Reef Discussion
    I'm cooking my live rock before adding it to my new 34g. I have a few question since this is the first time I have cooked LR. How close to tank temp must the LR be kept at while cooking? I have a Mag 12 in the tub right now and the temp is a bit on the high side. What can I expect once I...
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