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    Posted: February 07 2015 at 1:16pm
What is your suggestions. I have 300lbs of rock I need to dry until we put up our tank but I want to limit all the phosphates and other bad side effects of using dead rock when I go to start up the new tank.
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My personal recommendations are to soak in a bleach bath for two hours, then soak in a dechlorination bath for two hours, then scrub and power spray the rock. Then I give it a sun bath for a week or two.
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I would also give them a Muriatic acid bath after the bleach !  works great !

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+1 on the above ^.  When I tore down my tank in VA I did 2 bleach then 2 Muriatic acid baths then let it dry out for 1-2 weeks before putting it in Rubbermaid containers for about 6 months.  Remember to rinse well with Ro/DI and be careful with the acid! , if you go the route.
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Right on...I do a bleach bath, rodi rinse and soak, the muriatic acid, then rodi rinse and soak. Do it that way first. I did the muriatic acid first once...the smell was beyond dreadful, and I let the rock soak in freshwater long enough that an awful mold grew. If you do the bleach first, none of that will happen.
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Thanks, I'm going to have to remember this for future use.
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how long after doing this process can the rock be re-used?
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Thank you for all the great advice.
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I choose bleach alone unless the rock is really gnarly because the recovery time before it can be used again is really short thanks to dechlorinator.
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I suggest muriatic acid bc it helps remove bound phosphates and heavy metals. Bleach just remives the organics.
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True that! Only time I used acid was with live rock from a copper treated tank. It definitely strips hard contaminates. Forgot he mentioned he had phosphate issues.
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Ok be nice now, so can you use muratic acid to rejuvenate gfo? I don't know if it is possible or even cost effective, just a thought.

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You sure can! You can use muriatic acid followed by sodium hydroxide (which can also be used to recharge DI resin). Fun with chemicals!

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Is it cost effective versus buying new and how many times can you recharge it? I'm sure I can Google it but do you have info on how to do it as I trust you and really don't want 30 different ways to supposedly do it.
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This thread is awesome. It is now included in the list of WMAS Reefkeeping Tips.

This procedure is also great for treating rock that was previously left out to dry.

What about non-treated rock that is already in the tank? 
There are two products I have used successfully to deal with the heavy metals, PO4 and Nitrates that leach into the water; Poly Filter by www.poly-bio-marine.com and ChemiPure by www.boyd--enterprises.com

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Nikki is an expert with all of this. Do a presentation at a meeting please Nikki.
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Lol, thank you, but I'm sure there are plenty of people who could present on dropping some rock into a base and an acid! :)
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Question. For like 2 years I kept my live rock in a RuberMade bin in the basement, with a powerhead. I had to unplug the powerhead when we started working on the basement and totally forgot about it. Primarily because I didn't hear the gurgling when the water got to low. Anyway, long story short, the rock was pretty much completely dry when I checked it months later and has been for at 18 months.

Could I setup a new tank and just toss it in and let it cycle for a few months and not worry about cleaning it as mentioned above, or do I really need to clean it before using it again? I ask because I have an empty 20 gal, and a couple of powerheads I could setup tonight to start the cycling.
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You could put it straight into a tank, but unfortunately the salinity got real high as the water evaporated. The high salinity killed all the marine life inside the rock(bacteria, bugs and worms) as it dried out. This means it could take up to a year to cure/recover and require Poly Filter or Chemipure running in the tank during that year. I would treat it as outlined above before using it, or, I would throw it out in the yard and get some good wet, live LR and some Utah Rock for a base to keep costs down, if that matters.

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There's probably a teeny bit of bacteria/algae left, but not worth all the problems (nutrients) that would come with it. I'd treat it and then cycle it as well.
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