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i recently put my first batch of live rock in my first marine tank, and was wondering if scrubbing the rock is necesarry. the rocks are mostly purple and green, with some orange yellow and red qbout. there are some white spots though, and this is why i ask. i was lead to believe that rotting sponges (white stuff?) can make success more difficult...

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thats what i'm doing now, its in the tank with a bare bottom and the skimmer is running in the sump. Should i alter my flow for the curing, or use an airstone? I have a zoo med powersweep 228 and a maxi jet 600 in the display and a dolphin dp560 as a return.

thanks
 

cdeakle

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If it's dead and decaying sponge why not scrub it off? It can only help speedup the curing process.

If you are just curing the LR in a tank with nothing else and you are lazy like me you can just wait it out. Gotta cycle the tank anyways, no rush....
 

NaH2O

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Donnie - you can take a toothbrush (and designate it a tank brush afterwards ;) ) and brush off anything that appears to be dying or decaying. Another thing you can do is take a turkey baster, or your powerhead and blast at the rock - this will help to get the decaying matter off the rock.
 

Dr B

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I agree with whats been said.

If you see something that is dying and decaying scrub/pull it off. It is amazing how deep some of those decaying sponges can go. If you have a large water volume and a skimmer, it helps the curing process... but definitely get as much dead stuff off as you can. Doesnt mean you need to scrape the entire rock.
 
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