Tip of the Day – 11/20/2012

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Dried and ecologically sound live rock is a great source for inexpensive rock that is usually devoid of pests and unwanted algae. That said, the rock isn’t 100% free of its issues. Many users have reported that the rock leaches out significant amounts of phosphate, leading to further issues in your aquarium. To deal with this, many people soak the rock in RO/DI water for several weeks prior to placing it into their aquarium, while others soak the rocks in a lightly acidic solution that will dissolve the top layer of rock. Either way, the goal is to remove the phosphate before it can enter your aquarium and cause unwanted algae growth.

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  • I have been using 100% ceramic on my current tank. Haven’t experienced any of the problems that I have had in the past with both live and dry rock. The biggest tradeoff in my opinion is that you have fewer options on aquascaping since many of the shapes are already made. Otherwise for environmental impact, and reduction in potential problems, I recommend it 100%.