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    Live Rock

    Hi Everyone! I wanted to say hi since im new to this forum and...just a short (hopefully) question: Is it really a bad idea to start a tank on live rock? or should i just make my own rock?

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    Hi Bunner and welcome to the forum!

    I'm not sure what you mean when you say 'bad idea'. It's perfectly fine to start your tank with liverock as long as you are monitoring the parameters and watching for an spikes in nitrate/nitrites due to any liverock die off.

    You can make your own rock using safe ingredients. It will need to leech and cure for a while before using and it would be very beneficial to seed it with real liverock or at least sand from an established tank.
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    i agree, using LR to set up a tank is the best way. if you want to make some DIY rock as well, that should work great but you will need to keep real LR too because it is far more porous and very beneficial to the tank.
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    thanks fo your replys. but i guess what i meant was....i know there are alot of bad hitch hickers that can come with lr. diseases....etc. i have read some other forums where people curse lr saying its the worst thing to introduce into a tank....

    i think am mainly thinking of bryopsis...funniest thing on a side note. a guy is trying to sell his tank on kijiji and it is completely over run by it! lol...

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    As with any unwanted visitor, there are ways to deal with hair algae but the first place to start is to find out what is causing the outbreak. Lighting, maintenance routines, overfeeding, lack of CUC, are just some of the enablers that contribute to the growth of hair algae.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bunner View Post
    ...funniest thing on a side note. a guy is trying to sell his tank on kijiji and it is completely over run by it! lol...

    lol, i've seen an "anemone tank" for sale that was full of aptasia :b2:
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    The advantages to live rock far out weigh the disadvantages you can't go wrong with it as far as the hitch hikers go, welcome to the hobby!:b2::b2::b2::b2:

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    If you are really concerned about hitchhikers you could do a freshwater dip on the live rock.

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    ya i was thinking that might work.....but i wasnt sure. do fresh water dips work on macro aglae?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bunner View Post
    ya i was thinking that might work.....but i wasnt sure. do fresh water dips work on macro aglae?
    I do think think the freshwater dip would greatly affect the macro algae, but a scrub brush would... honestly I have only ever done freshwater dips and then stocked a good cleanup crew to take care of the rest!

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