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Old 08-29-2011, 03:04 PM
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Unless you are able to do it in your tank, with no lives stocks, none.

You need to closely monitor your tank's parameters the next few weeks, even couple of months. I wouldn't put any of your good live rocks in there with the boiled ones yet, until most of the nitrates, etc, have been leached out and testings shows that they are near or close to finishing the cycle.

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Old 08-29-2011, 03:54 PM
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Was wondering about why the rocks were litterally boiled. But then there are a heck of a lot of ways to get rid of apastias, half of which don't involve killing everything on the rock.
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Old 08-29-2011, 04:12 PM
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It was either boiling or a vinegar bath (the vinegar probably would have smelled better, but I didnt have enough). I wanted to make sure I got them all (there were a lot... hundreds... maybe more, the move really stressed them and they spread so fast). With my luck, leaving them outside for a week one or two would survive, so I thought better safe than have them come back. I have read so many posts about people having them and not being able to get rid of them, and the majority of people said that if they had to do it over again, they would start from scratch (at least thats how I interpreted the posts and threads that I have read). I really didn't want to regret it later when the tank is all set up and established.
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Old 08-29-2011, 05:16 PM
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I used Aiptasia X on my tank, it did a great job at first. Killed all of them first try, but they musy have released a bunch of spores while dieing, I now have 10 times more then I had before. Pretty frustrating.
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Old 08-29-2011, 05:20 PM
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I would have done a vinegar bath before boiling. At least the anaerobic bacteria would have survived, so the organic leech from the rock wouldn't take so long. You're going to essentially be starting with "dry" base rock that still needs to leech.
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Old 08-29-2011, 05:27 PM
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I'm ok with that, it's kind of what I expected and I was prepared for it before hand, so it's no suprise.
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Old 08-29-2011, 06:07 PM
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I've boiled lots of live rock and have had no problems at all. I just let it sit (cook) in RO water afterwards. I just did'nt put it all in at once. Every two weeks I would grab a peice and rinse it really good with RO water and put it in the tank and do so every two weeks until all the rock was back in. No problems and within a month the rock is once again full of life.
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Old 08-29-2011, 10:17 PM
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Anyone ever try microwaving live rock?
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Old 08-29-2011, 10:41 PM
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This thread actually got me thinking about BBQing live rock actually. Probably less messy, smelly and easy cleanup?
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Old 08-29-2011, 10:45 PM
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I just bleached a bunch of rock... never looked cleaner.. no biological content left in it.. i rinsed out and let it dry out in the sun for a couple days then added it to a new tank with a couple good live pieces... the rocks are crawling pods and feather dusters are starting to grow.. no ill effects
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