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Mattcot 12-21-2010 09:41 AM

live rock
maybe a silly question but will live rock stay alive with out light?

Pasfur 12-21-2010 10:23 AM

Yes. There could obviously be some diversity of life that is photosynthetic, but the microfauna and bacteria will not require light, which is the basis of 'live" rock.

Mattcot 12-21-2010 01:42 PM

thanks due to available spaces I had to go with a canister filter. so I will put sum more live rock in there.

or would dry rock mature in there also?

Pasfur 12-21-2010 02:10 PM

If you do not have a protein skimmer, then pack the canister filter with activated carbon. Carbon absorbs organic acids, which is the next best thing to a skimmer removing organic wastes. Just be sure to give the carbon a good rinse under tap water every week and to replace the carbon monthly.

Live rock would be best placed in the tank or a sump.

Mattcot 12-21-2010 03:27 PM

ok thanks for the advise :)

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