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    Dipping fresh Live Rock??

    Would this kill only pests? Or would it kill the biological diversity too?

    I知 thinking of ordering some rock, but would like to avoid crabs and other undesirable critters.

    I saw a video on YouTube of a guy dipping some beautiful decor rock which is why I知 asking.


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    I had a similar question at one time...but was just considering a FW dip to rid the rocks of undesirables. Ultimately decided against it though as it would kill off established beneficial bacteria as well. Decided to go a different route and just researched natural predators and such.

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    I personally will not use live rock again for that reason. If you start off with dead rock and seed it yourself, you are guaranteed no pests. But.....it takes a little patience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sneezebeetle View Post
    I had a similar question at one time...but was just considering a FW dip to rid the rocks of undesirables. Ultimately decided against it though as it would kill off established beneficial bacteria as well. Decided to go a different route and just researched natural predators and such.

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    Yes, I feel that way too. Just seems like it would kill a bit more than you’d want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by webster1234 View Post
    I personally will not use live rock again for that reason. If you start off with dead rock and seed it yourself, you are guaranteed no pests. But.....it takes a little patience.

    Yeah, that is true. Some of those pests will drive you nuts. Maybe I’ll buy a laser.

    I ABSOLUTELY hate waiting for dry rock to mature. I had some Marco dry rock for about 3-4 years before I really felt like it was nice and juicy.

    Recently talked to a guy in Florida and that dropped his rock in 1996. Now that’s established! I may pull the trigger on this for my new Rimless 75/G. In only 3 months it will be ready to grow some Acros.


    I’ll most likely quarantine the rock and watch it for a few months before it goes in the tank. I still need to wait on the tank to be made and drill it. Then build ANOTHER stand.

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    And of course...Youtube videos to come.

    I’ll get some good close HD video of the rock in crystal clear water. Plus I’ll take some pieces out and we’ll get up close and personal with it.

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    You would be surprised how resilient the bad pests are.

    In my experience, it takes a good 12 months for the dry rock to mature.

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    I ordered from Tampa bay live rock in the past and I much preferred that over using dry rock. I've always used dry rock too. You get a few crabs here and there but they're super easy to take out. Compare that to basically a well established tank right out of the gates, and I choose the later. Plus, the rock looks amazing when you get it in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sneezebeetle View Post
    I had a similar question at one time...but was just considering a FW dip to rid the rocks of undesirables. Ultimately decided against it though as it would kill off established beneficial bacteria as well. Decided to go a different route and just researched natural predators and such.

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    I prefer dry rock as to limit the potential ticking time bomb that is live rock from aqua cultured or direct from reef. Also with dry rock like the reef-saver style I know it is not impacting the reefs in any way. If i do have to use cured live rock, this is my preferred method of pest control when possible. I usually pick livestock not just on their appearance, but what job or role they provide in the reef. A small wrasse like a six line or fairy for nuisance micro fauna control, a tang and foxface for various algae control etc. Not to mention my army of inverts as my clean-up crew. Now if only I could get my corals off the sand bed so I could get a small sand sifting star or something similar to work on the bed...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cody View Post
    I ordered from Tampa bay live rock in the past and I much preferred that over using dry rock. I've always used dry rock too. You get a few crabs here and there but they're super easy to take out. Compare that to basically a well established tank right out of the gates, and I choose the later. Plus, the rock looks amazing when you get it in.
    that is what I want to do with my new tank.. or at least a 50/50 mix of true live rock and the dead stuff I have in trash cans.
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