CREATING YOUR OWN LIVE ROCK FOR SALTWATER TANKS
- Place your live rock in a 30-gallon plastic garbage can and pour in enough mixed saltwater to cover it.
- Install an aquarium heater and heat the water to a temperature of 80°F.
- Add an air stone or a powerhead to the garbage can to keep the water flowing constantly.
- Perform two water changes per week, changing 100% of the water in the garbage can each time.
- In between water changes, use a bristle brush to scrub the live rock, removing dead material and white film from the surface.
- Test the water in the garbage can every few days after the first week – when the conditions stabilize and you get a zero reading for ammonia and nitrite, your live rock is ready.
In addition to following the steps listed above, you should keep the garbage can in a dimly lit area to prevent excess algae growth. If you follow these steps correctly, it should only take one to three weeks for your live rock to be cured. At that point, it is ready to be placed in your established tank.
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