View Full Version : How do you tell when live rock has fully matured?

06-10-2009, 03:35 AM
Hi all.

I can see the rocks in my tank changing bit by bit every day, but at what point are they considered 'live'? what does a fully mature FOWLR tank look like?


06-10-2009, 04:05 AM
Cured when your tests show no ammonia or NO2 present.

06-10-2009, 04:43 AM
I don't usually have those now (though occassionally there are trace amounts). I am, however, running a sump and a Fluval cannister filter, and I change water every week. It seems to me there are lots of factors that contribute to NH3 and NO2 levels.

So I guess my question is, will all rocks completely change? How heavy does the growth get?

06-10-2009, 07:33 AM
Do you mean you started with dead, dry rock, rather than 'live rock'? If your tank is mature, you will know because there will never be ammonia, on a normal day... ammonia signals something is wrong.