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  1. General Reef Discussion
    So in a few days I am going to start cooking my rock. I just think its time as the rock has algae and junk on it. I am wondering if its fine if I take all the rock out to cook at once or if its better to do it in parts. I just worry about taking away to much biological filtration to fast. Will...
  2. General Reef Discussion
    So before I start my new tank off with a phosphate bomb...please help with some advice Lost power last night at 5 pm and just got it back today at 5 pm so it's been out for 24 hrs.... I was able to get a generator and run my return pump and 1 heater on my stock tank with sump I have all of my...
  3. General Reef Discussion
    So I plan to start this over the top process tomorrow and have a couple questions... 1. I am putting in rock from 2 different tanks and "new" rock that I just received that is obviously used and not clean...question is will all this rock seed each other and all be ready to use at around the...
  4. DIY Forum
    Rock cooker, any thoughts ?
  5. General Reef Discussion
    Hello there. Im new here so be kind. I have about 150 lbs. of rock i took out of my tank last year do to pests. Now im looking to getting my tank back together.I know about cooking the rock. But my question is should i let the amomia spike and let the bacteria build up before i do the first...
  6. General Reef Discussion
    I havent setup a tank yet or bought supplies. Im still reading and researching. I do know Im starting small like a 10-20 gallon and just a few cleaners and a pair of clowns. I have a list of basic supplies that I have decided on and what not. But I ran across the thread for cooking rock...
  7. General Reef Discussion
    Well Im cooking up about 60-80lbs of LR as we speak it just went in on 6/8/12 and today we have a phosphate reading of 0.25-0.5,i cant decide which color:) I have only ever tested for phosphates when doing this. What are some other things you guys test for when curing your LR?
  8. General Reef Discussion
    I'm getting over some hair algae problems in the tank, meaning the growth has drastically slowed down, but it's not quite gone. I took out some of my rocks to cook them which is fine, but some of the ones with the most HA on them also have palys, gsp fuzzy mushrooms, encrusting xenia or cabbage...
  9. General Reef Discussion
    I am new to TRT, and also to saltwater reef tanks in general. I recently purchased a used complete setup (120g standard tank, sump, protein skimmer, lights, etc...), and included was roughly 120lbs of base rock (formerly live rock). The setup has been in a garage for aprox 1 1/2 - 2 years with...
  10. General Reef Discussion
    After cooking rock for 2 months, I just kept it covered with a powerhead and airstones while working on a slow build. I had some great rocks with little algae, and extra-pourous. They were infested with aptasia, and I had been hitting them with calc paste, but more kept popping up in the nooks...
  11. General Reef Discussion
    Long story short: Got a bunch of rock from a guy when I first got my tank a little over a year ago and I thought cooking it meant boiling it. So I boiled it. Well. Then realized that wasnt the right thing to do so I put it in salt water for a couple of months with some 10k and 14k light on...
  12. General Reef Discussion
    For the past 2 months I have had a bunch of coral/rock from a previous owner cooking away in a 7 1/2 gallon bucket. Every week or so I did a full water change into a new bucket. The rock never smelled bad as people said it would, but this might be due to the fact that a year ago when i got the...
  13. General Reef Discussion
    OK, I don't carbon dose. I do however clean my my eye dropper with a shot glass of vinegar after using it to apply kalk paste. Well, I dropped about an ounce of vinegar into a 30 gallon tank that I was storing rock in. Most of the rock has been cooking in the dark for around... a year. Now...
  14. General Reef Discussion
    How i understand this is that you put all your rock in a big container with a powerhead and heater and let it sit in there in the dark for a long time and do partial water changes every week or so. I would understand how this kills algae because it cant feed but what does cooking rock do for dry...
  15. 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...
  16. Substrate Free Tank Husbandry (Bare bottomed)
    Well, I am about ready to tear down my current system for the rebuild. The equipment I have on hand for cooking the LR is 1 large opaque blue rubbermade tote w/ lid, a 75w stainless heater & 4 MJ1200 powerheads. What I am wondering is how can I optimize the cooking environment to allow for the...
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